Sunday, June 23, 2013

Why Was A Deranged Gun Man Set Free?

Black Expo Shooter Serves Two Years Of Ten Year Sentence Re-Arrested In Four Days
Re-printed from a story at WISH-TV Channel 8 on June 20th 2013
Shamus Patton
After being sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting nine people, an Indianapolis man serves two years and is arrested four days after his release.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. - The man who admitted he shot nine people at the 2010 Black Expo's Summer Celebration is back behind bars after his involvement in a police chase.

Police say they arrested Shamus Patton, 20, and three others Wednesday after a car chase.

The chase started on the city's northwest side Wednesday afternoon after a failure to stop. Two guns were also found inside the car.

Patton was booked into the Marion County Jail around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Leading to the car chase, police say they were looking specifically for the vehicle Patton was in because it may have been involved in a deadly hit and run.

In 2011, Patton admitted he shot nine people during the 2010 Black Expo's Summer Celebration.

He pleaded guilty to battery, criminal recklessness, carrying a firearm and criminal gang activity.

Patton was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by work release and probation, but he was released after serving less than two years of his sentence.

A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections listed a variety of reasons for Patton’s early transfer. First Patton received 747 days wiped from his eight year sentence. That’s because he completed his GED, a substance abuse program, and he received credit for time served before he was convicted.

While in the work release program, Patton would receive a pass out to search for a job. Despite not wearing an ankle bracelet he was under strict guidelines. On Wednesday, he received a pass out at noon to look for a job. He was scheduled to return by 4 p.m. when he didn’t that’s when police were notified.

According to workers at Brandon Hall, Patton’s brother was authorized to pick him and take him out to look for job applications.

The Indiana Department of Corrections web site lists Patton's earliest release date as July 16, 2013.

WISH-TV Channel 8, Black Expo Shooter Back Behind Bars