INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis man was sentenced to prison this week for a hit-and-run that caused the death of a 6-month-old boy.
Gary Shinnamon, 30, was sentenced to four years in prison and one year on work release for reckless homicide in the death of 6-month-old Yeshua Shafford. Shinnamon will also have to serve three years of probation after his prison sentence ends.
The charges stem from a crash on March 4, when police say Shinnamon was driving his car 91 miles-an-hour on West 38th Street. According to police, Shinnamon bumped into the rear of a car driven by Warren Shafford, causing it to spin and crash.
Six-month-old Yeshua was ejected from the back seat of the vehicle and landed under a guard rail. His father ran to find him, and instead encountered Shinnamon.
"I talked to the guy," Shafford said. "He told me he didn't do it. It was somebody else. He pointed out another guy at the scene and then he ran. He is a coward. I wish it was more time, but it's not."
Yeshua's mother Kashica Whitfield said she hoped Shinnamon would have gotten more time.
"I'm satisfied. I don't feel good about it," Whitfield said. "I wish he could have got life. But unfortunately, that's not what the law allowed."
Shinnamon was limited to a maximum of five years in prison by the terms of his plea agreement, but there are safeguards in the probation requirements.
"During that probation term he will be on alcohol monitoring," said Deputy Prosecutor Tom Hirschauer. "The judge made it clear that if he uses alcohol he will serve the rest of his sentence in the Department of Corrections."
Prosecutors said Shinnamon was already on probation for a prior drunk driving case at the time of this latest offense.
Indy goes 'Beyond the Badge' to honor its fallen
A record number of people turned out Sunday to honor the men and women who have lost their lives while protecting the city of Indianapolis.
#INDYTODAY | Sunday events (Sept. 21)
With just a few days of summer left, here are a few things to do on a sunny Sunday in Indianapolis.
Toledo defeats Ball State 34-23 in MAC opener
Logan Woodside threw for 152 yards with a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as Toledo defeated Ball State 34-23 in the Mid-American…
Neighbor rescues man from burning home
An alert neighbor was credited with rescuing a man from his burning home early Sunday, Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Rita Reith said.
Community goes #SillerStrong for Danville teen
A Danville teen being treated at Riley Hospital for Children for a heart complication received support from across the country this week…
Semi crash closes I-65 SB near downtown
A crash involving a tractor-trailer and a vehicle closed a section of Interstate 65 near downtown Indianapolis early Sunday.