Teen Charged In Downtown Shootings Reaches Plea Deal
Police: Shamus Patton Shot 9 People
4:43 AM, Jul 13, 2011
A teen who had been charged in a mass shooting after Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration last year has agreed to a deal in which he will plead guilty to most of the charges against him.Shamus Patton was 17 when he was arrested in July 2010 on 14 adult charges connected to the shootings of nine people, all between the ages of 10 and 19.As part of the plea agreement, Patton, now 18, will plead guilty in August to two counts of battery, criminal recklessness, criminal gang activity and carrying a handgun without a license.The state has agreed to drop a sentencing enhancement on the criminal gang activity charge. Under the deal filed Wednesday, the judge can sentence him to no more than 10 years in prison. He already has served one year in the Marion County Jail.The deal comes a day after police said they will be warning up to 70 known gang members not to come downtown for this year's Summer Celebration.