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Killer gets 20 more years for attack on guard

Deadrian Boykin

Just before 11:30 Christmas morning, 19-year-old Deadrian Boykins pummeled Allen County confinement officer Quinton Greer with a plastic lunch tray, fracturing bones in his face, smashing his nose and causing permanent hearing and vision damage.

On Tuesday, 20 additional years were added to Boykins’ 65-year murder sentence for killing 17-year-old Elijah O. Freeman a year ago.

A few days before the attack on the guard, Boykins received his sentence in that case. Awaiting transfer to the Indiana Department of Correction to begin serving his 65-year sentence for murder, Boykins attacked Greer as the guard was collecting lunch trays.

Prosecutors charged him with aggravated battery – causing serious permanent disfigurement or substantial risk of death.

Sneaking up alongside Greer, Boykins hit him in the head, according to testimony during his trial before Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull. As the guard became woozy, Boykins hit him again, using his fists and the hard plastic lunch trays.

Boykins said he was upset because Greer turned off the television.

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