Crime

Blake Adams, PCP-Fueled Valentine's Day Murderer, Gets 16 Years in Prison

Blake Obadiah Adams, the Phoenix man who fatally shot his girlfriend's cousin on Valentine's day after celebrating the day of romance by smoking PCP, was sentenced to prison time today after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge William Brotherton sentenced Adams to 16 years in prison for murdering Maxwell Henley -- for no apparent reason -- in front of his girlfriend's house on February 14.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Adams' girlfriend -- who is the victim's cousin -- said she heard a gunshot outside of her home in the 1600 block of West Cocopah Street in Phoenix. She went outside to see what was going on and saw Adams standing over Henley with the pistol.

She then saw him fire several more rounds into Henley, and then drop the pistol to the ground.

That's when Adams told his girlfriend he had killed Henley for "change."

The explanation he gave the cops for the shooting made a bit more sense: he'd been smoking PCP all day and had no idea why he murdered Henley.

Adams told cops he'd purchased the .40-caliber pistol he used during the murder about a week earlier, and that his plan was to shoot his girlfriend's recent boyfriend.

Instead, he shot Henley, who Adams says he had no intention of killing, and "felt badly that he had shot him today."

Matt Hendley contributed to this post.
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