Chicago man gets 55 years in Griffith murder
Post-Tribune staff report April 4, 2013 3:04PM
Updated: May 6, 2013 6:25AM
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Chicago man to 55 years in prison for murder in a daytime shooting that occurred in front of the victim’s children.
Lyndon C. Davis, 31, was convicted of the murder of Parrish Myles in the parking lot outside the 1800 block of Mansard Boulevard, Griffith, where he stayed with his girlfriend. Myles’ 11-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son were in a white sport utiltiy vehicle July 22, 2011, waiting for their father when he was shot numerous times. Davis and his uncle Robert E. Davis, 47, of Chicago, then led police on a chase with speeds exceeding 100 mph.
Jurors deliberated about 10 hours on Feb. 28 before returning the guilty verdict.
Lyndon Davis said he plans to appeal.
Deputy prosecutor Angela Mattozzi, who presented evidence with deputy prosecutor Monica Rogina, argued for the maximum sentence of 65 years, noting that Lyndon Davis, while not the shooter, set the murder in motion by pointing out to his uncle where Myles lived.
Evidence showed there was a hit put out on Myles for $20,000 over a homicide in Maywood, Ill., and missing money and drugs. Mattozzi argued that Davis and his uncle planned the crime and laid in wait for about an hour before Myles emerged from the apartment.
Defense attorney Kevin Milner argued for a 45-year sentence, noting his client’s mother, who was addicted to heroin and cocaine, died at age 30 of a heart attack and his father’s whereabouts are unknown. “That’s a tough start,” Milner said.
Murray said the fact that Robert Davis fired the fatal shots was not a mitigating factor.