Gary man gets 15 years for killing the mother of his child

A Gary man was sentenced Thursday in Lake Superior Court to 15 years in prison for killing the mother of his child last year.

“I just want to know why he killed my niece. We thought he loved her,” Sarah Glenn said.

Melvin Bruce, 46, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Temica Spencer, 31, just before attorneys began presenting evidence at his murder trial in February.

Police found Bruce the night of Aug. 29 kneeling and holding Spencer, who was shot in the chest, in the living room of a home in the 500 block of Mount Street in Gary, a probable cause affidavit states.