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Lake County courts: Two charged in fatal shooting of Highland teen

JayveDaniels 20 is charged Aug. 26 2013 shooting death LaKice Brooks Hammond. | Sun-Times Media

Jayveon Daniels, 20, is charged in the Aug. 26, 2013, shooting death LaKice Brooks in Hammond. | Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 30, 2013 7:44AM



Two charged in fatal shooting of Highland teen

Prosecutors have charged two Hammond men with fatally shooting a Highland teen during a Monday afternoon drug transaction in south Hammond.

Jayveon Daniels and Duane Snelling Jr., both 20, were charged with murder on Wednesday. They are being held at Lake County Jail.

Lakice Brooks, 17, suffered gunshot wounds in the back of the head, torso and arm. He died en route to Community Hospital on Monday afternoon.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Daniels and Snelling told police Brooks called them about buying marijuana, so they picked him up in Highland in a silver Geo Tracker. Brooks wanted to see the marijuana, but Snelling wanted to see the money first.

Snelling told police they stopped at Brooks’ house, but once he got back in the car, Brooks pulled out a gun and demanded the marijuana. A struggle ensued over the gun inside the car and shots went off, striking Brooks and Snelling.

Snelling got out and pulled Brooks out of the car in the parking lot adjacent to the Aldi in the 7900 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, but he said Brooks held onto the door and they swerved to pry him loose. The men kept fighting in and out of the car, until Snelling told Brooks to get out of the car and shot him three times when he failed to comply. Snelling and Daniels fled the scene in the SUV. Witnesses heard Brooks plead, “Don’t let me die.”

Snelling said they threw a .380 caliber handgun out the window when they fled.

Police caught up with the vehicle in the 800 block of May Street, and Snelling’s leg was covered in blood. Police found a silver handgun under the passenger seat. Snelling was treated at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond.

Woman on probation faces 4 theft counts

Less than six weeks into her probation for residential entry, the daughter of a Lake County officeholder has been charged in Lake Superior Court with four counts of theft.

Amie Marie Frey, 34, is charged with stealing items from four unlocked cars in the 2700 block of Drexel Drive and the 2800 and 3000 blocks of McAfree Drive in Hobart.

Frey pleaded guilty to criminal trespass on July 16. Lake Superior Court Magistrate Natalie Bokota placed her on probation for one year.

Frey was arrested after an officer responding to a report of a car break-in at 11:15 p.m. Sunday found her walking from the rear of her home in the 2600 block of Coral Drive carrying a black handbag with pink markings. Frey set the handbag on the ground and allowed the officer to search it. The contents included items reported stolen from unlocked cars, including a prescription bottle, a pair of shears and mug. In the purse Frey was wearing, the officer found a GPS suction cup, purple sunglasses, makeup bag, a ring of keys and helmet camera.

The owners identified the items as theirs, the probable cause affidavit states. Each of the theft counts is punishable by six months to three years.

Frey previously was convicted of entering the home of her mother, Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey, without her mother’s permission.

7 years for burglary, probation violation

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a 22-year-old man to seven years in prison for burglary and a probation revocation.

Trevor Kentrell Bowie of Gary admitted he broke into Jefferson Elementary School in the 600 block of Jackson Street in Gary with the intent of finding somewhere to sleep and looking for things to steal. When Gary police Cpl. Gregory Wolf arrived at about 5 a.m. Oct. 7, Bowie threw the handle of a hammer at Wolf’s head. The officer was not injured.

Defense attorney Gojko Kasich argued for leniency in light of his client’s mental health issues. Deputy prosecutor Jose Vega asked for the eight-year maximum sentence outlined in the plea agreement.

The judge imposed six years for burglary and one year on the probation revocation in an earlier burglary case. Bowie had faced a maximum two-year sentence on the probation revocation.

Gary man sentenced for resisting police

Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced a Gary man to 18 months split between Lake County Community Corrections day-reporting and probation for resisting law enforcement.

Linzell Brooks, 52, admitted he was pulled over by a Griffith police officer working Operation Pullover on Nov. 18 at 21st Avenue and Grant Street in Gary. The traffic stop was initiated because of an expired registration sticker. Brooks told the officer he didn’t have his license or registration and gave a fake name.

While the officer was checking Brooks’ information, the green Dodge pickup he was driving started to accelerate toward the rear of a business. The officer followed as the truck turned around behind the business and Brooks told him he had to urinate.

Brooks then rushed back to the truck, started it and tried to put it in gear while the officer was trapped by the open driver’s door. Brooks put the truck in reverse as the officer drew his gun. Brooks struck the officer with the open driver’s door, forcing the officer to hang onto the door with his left arm as he pointed his gun at Brooks. After Brooks stopped the truck, a struggle ensued over the officer’s gun. Eventually the officer gained control of Brooks and arrested him.

Brooks had faced two to eight years on a charge of disarming law enforcement, which was dismissed with three other charges.



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