GOSHEN — An Elkhart man accused of shooting at alleged shoplifters at an Elkhart department store in October 2015 was sentenced Wednesday morning in Elkhart County Superior Court 4.
Norman Reynolds, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal recklessness, a Level 6 felony.
Elkhart County Judge Gretchen Lund handed down his sentence of 18-months in prison, with 18-months suspended and 18-months of reporting probation.
The charges for Reynolds came after he pursued two men who were observed exiting the Big R store on South Main Street in Elkhart with unpaid merchandise Oct. 12, according to Elkhart police. Several employees as well as Reynolds saw the men enter a small truck and began to pull away.
According to police, Reynolds produced a semi-automatic handgun and fired once at the truck, striking the exterior of the vehicle. No one was injured during the encounter and Reynolds had a license to carry a concealed handgun.
After an investigation by police, Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill filed the charges stating: “The investigation shows an alleged crime was in progress when Reynolds took action and his alleged conduct was unreasonable and created a significant risk of harm.”
According to Hill, the filing of the charge wasn’t intended to show Reynolds set out to violate the law or intended to create a dangerous situation.
Reynolds thought he was being helpful. However, his method of helping was also reckless under the law and could have resulted in grave consequences, Hill added.
Felony murder case being appealed
The case of an Elkhart man convicted of felony murder for his role in a home invasion robbery turned deadly at 22665 Falcon Court north of Goshen will be heard by a panel of appellate judges June 16 at Trine University in Angola.
The Indiana Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments in the case of Deante Dalton, 18, who was charged in the death of an alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Dretarrious Rodgers during a robbery Sept. 10, 2014, at the home with a co-defendant Freddie Rhodes, 19, Elkhart. Dalton was sentenced to 55 years in prison and his attorney Ross Thomas appealed the sentence.
During the robbery attempt, home resident Norman Gary was shot during a struggle with Rodgers and survived four bullet wounds, according to testimony heard during the trial.
Thomas will be given 20 minutes June 16 to convince the panel of appellate judges why a felony murder conviction of Dalton is unjust. The state of Indiana will have 20 minutes to present their arguments
The panel members are Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik, Judge Michael R. Barnes and Judge Cale Bradford.
The oral arguments are open to the public, students, faculty and members of the bench and bar beginning at 1 p.m. at Hoosier Boys State Trine University.
An appeal by Rhodes’ attorney Douglas Grimes was filed in January for his felony murder conviction, but the Indiana Court of Appeals is waiting for Grimes to comply with the filing requirements before proceeding with the appeal.
Rhodes was sentenced to 58 years in prison.
One of two men found guilty in the MC Sporting Goods robbery trial in February had his sentence hearing continued Thursday to May 12 at 8:30 a.m. in Elkhart County Circuit Court.
The hearing for Quincy D. Sullivan, 23, Elkhart, was originally scheduled for Thursday. Sullivan faces up to 160 years in prison after being convicted of armed robbery, criminal confinement and conspiracy in connection with the Dec. 14, 2013 armed robbery at MC Sports, 4024 Elkhart Road, in Goshen.
A third suspect in the sporting goods store armed robbery appeared in Circuit Court before Judge Terry Shewmaker.
Shaquan D. Moorer, 24, Chicago, had testified in the trial in February after being granted immunity.
According to Moorer’s attorney Russell Brown Jr., any testimony Moorer gave during the trial of Sullivan and Albert Webb, 26, Goshen, cannot be used against Moorer in his own trial.
Webb was sentenced to 58 years at the Indiana Department of Correction April 7.
Shewmaker set Moorer’s trial date for July 11 with a procedural hearing set for May 26.