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October 25, 2013

Man gets 30 years in fatal shooting

GOSHEN — An argument that ended with Terry L. Sheets Jr., 26, fatally shooting Matthew Bark, 24, in Elkhart, will result in a 30-year prison sentence for Sheets.

Sheets entered a plea agreement in Elkhart Circuit Court Thursday to charges of voluntary manslaughter and criminal recklessness. As part of that agreement Sheets admitted to using a handgun to shoot and kill Bark during the argument April 20 at Deer Creeke Apartments on Toledo Road.

The agreement on the manslaughter charge calls for Sheets to be sentenced to the 30-year prison term with 10 years of it being suspended. He must also make restitution to Bark’s family.

The criminal recklessness charge for discharging the handgun in an apartment building, will result in an 18-month sentence that will run concurrently with the manslaughter sentence.

The shooting occurred April 20.

Judge Terry Shewmaker set Sheets’ sentencing for Dec. 12.

Murder suspects

One of two murder suspects in a double homicide at an Elkhart grocery has waived his right to a speedy trial.

Richard Gross, 22, of Memphis, Tenn., had earlier asked for a speedy trial in the deaths of Jagtar Bhatti, 55 and Pawan Singh, 20, Sept. 5 at Saleh’s Market. Both men worked at the store.

Shewmaker reset the trial date for Gross for Dec. 9.

Kevin L. Moore, 28, Elkhart is a co-defendant in the case. Moore also appeared in court for a bond reduction hearing. He asked the court to withdraw that request.

Murder conspiracy

Jose Pena, 43, Elkhart, entered a plea agreement admitting he conspired to murder a man and to promoting prostitution.

The agreement admits Pena provided a gun to Devarious Cantrell, 22, Elkhart, to shoot Bobby Berry on Nov. 2, 2012. The conspiracy to commit murder charge is a Class A felony. Pena also admitted he received money from a prostitute, which is a Class D felony charge.

Shewmaker told Pena the conspiracy charge carries up to a 50-year sentence and a $10,000 fine and the Class C felony has a penalty of up to eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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