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Hammond

Three years for firing gun at group

A Hammond man was sentenced to three years for criminal recklessness after he admitted he fired a handgun into a group of people and wounded four men.

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez ordered Sayvon Rakim Gamble, 19, to serve two years in custody, followed by one year on each of the charges.

On March 2, 2012, Gamble and a group of individuals had left a party when they encountered another group of individuals in the 7100 block of Van Buren Avenue in Hammond. A fight between the two groups ensued, and Gamble pulled out a gun and began firing. Ladell Jones was wounded in the upper leg. Kenneth Sutton was shot in the calf, Aqueeli Walton was wounded in the buttocks and Michael Bates was shot in the torso.

Gamble was released for time served.

Cedar Lake

Man pleads in crash that killed friend

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Cedar Lake man to two and one-half years for assisting a criminal in an August motor vehicle crash that killed the defendant’s friend.

Richard Leo Rowden, 39, apologized to the family of Robert James Lore, who was found in the roadway of the Cedar Lake Trailer Park, 9001 W. 133rd Place, after he, co-defendant Jean Paul Jonas, 43, and the victim stole a flat-bed trailer and decided to scrap it. The three men were drinking at Lore’s trailer, then decided to scrap the trailer.

Court records indicate Jonas told Rowden he wanted to make some noise by dragging the flat bed around the trailer park to wake people up. Rowden and Jonas got into Jonas’ truck, with Jonas driving, and struck Lore.

“The justice system did not fail me,” Lore’s widow, Dana, said in a letter to the judge.

Deputy prosecutor Eric Randall said Rowden’s criminal history includes 10 misdemeanor and six felony convictions.

Defense attorney Roxanne Mendez Johnson said her client has a long-standing alcohol addiction and he is deeply remorseful for what happened to Lore. Rowden pleaded guilty without a plea agreement.

Jonas has pleaded not guilty to charges of failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, a class C felony punishable by two to eight years.



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