Dion Clayton

Dion Clayton


CROWN POINT — A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony offenses to resolve charges in a drive-by shooting last year in Gary.

Dion T. Clayton pleaded guilty in Lake Criminal Court to escape and carrying a handgun without a license, both level 6 felonies, in an agreement with prosecutors.

Clayton will be sentenced as part of the agreement to two years probation and about a year in jail, time he already served awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder and three counts of felony battery.

Clayton was accused of injuring a man in a drive-by shooting the night of Jan. 15, 2016, outside a home in the 1400 block of East 51st Avenue in Gary, according to court records.

He posted a $3,000 bond on the charges in June 2016, but the bond was revoked after he failed to appear at a court hearing in April.

Defense attorney Scott King said last week prosecutors had trouble getting witnesses to show up for depositions, and it was overall a “questionable case.”

Clayton entered his plea before Judge Samuel L. Cappas.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.