Lake County Courts
Moten charged with killing mother’s boyfriend
A Lake County grand jury indicted a 23-year-old Gary man for voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend.
Deron Moten is charged with fatally shooting Brian K. Lunn, 27, while acting in sudden heat.
Lunn, of 1160 Pennsylvania St., was shot several times on July 8 inside 317 E. 43rd Ave., Gary, and died at the scene. Lunn apparently had been arguing with his girlfriend and started hitting her when Moten intervened and shot Lunn. Police found him on the floor unresponsive when called at 1:15 a.m.
The indictment was returned Thursday.
Moten faces 20 to 50 years if convicted of the charge. He has a prior conviction in 2009 for possession of cocaine.
6-months’ jail time for teenage shooter
Lake Superior Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan sentenced a 17-year-old Gary teen to 18 months for criminal recklessness after he shot another person in the leg.
Elijah Solis admitted he fired a loaded handgun at Jacob Hawthorne on Aug. 26, 2011, near the 400 block of Detroit Street in Hammond. Solis and Hawthorne were in front of Solis’ home when the shooting occurred.
Rosalinda Moreno, Solis’ mother, said her son has changed his group of friends and the family has moved several times to get away from what she called bad influences. Since they moved, Solis has been doing better in school and is on track to graduate. He currently is a junior.
Defense attorney Ed Fontanez said his client has matured and is remorseful for the crime. Fontanez argued for 18 months served on probation.
Deputy prosecutor Monica Rogina said Solis, at 17, already has serious contacts with law enforcement, including two juvenile adjudications in 2009 for residential entry and criminal recklessness, which also involved a gun. Solis was 16 at the time of the latest shooting incident.
Sullivan imposed six months in prison, followed by one year in Lake County Community Corrections.
Plea deal settles 2010 shooting
A 39-year-old Gary man was sentenced to three years in an alternative program for criminal mischief in a 2010 shooting.
Lake Superior Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan imposed the sentence outlined in the plea agreement for Patrick Cooper, who admitted he fired a gun on Aug. 26, 2010, near 22nd Place and Morton Street in Gary. Vincent Thomas was injured in the legs and buttocks.
Defense attorney Andy Kyres said the agreement was the result of lengthy plea negotiations and came after taking depositions in the case.
Deputy prosecutor Monica Rogina said she would not argue for restitution as there had been a lack of contact with the victim in the case.
Cooper, who will serve his sentence in day-reporting, had faced 20 to 50 years for attempted robbery and attempted murder charges, which were dismissed along with two counts of battery.