Latrell McGee

Latrell D. McGee

CROWN POINT — A 23-year-old Merrillville man was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the shooting death more than two years ago of a 55-year-old man outside a Merrillville apartment complex.

Latrell D. McGee pleaded guilty Sept. 22 to battery, a level 5 felony, in an agreement with prosecutors. He was sentenced by Judge Clarence Murray to more than two years prison – time he served awaiting the case's resolution – and three years probation, as per the terms of the plea agreement.

McGee is one of three co-defendants charged with murder in the killing May 6, 2015, of Cecil Pendleton Jr. at the Tan Tar A Apartments, 150 E. 59th Ave. in Merrillville.

The state dismissed charges against one of the co-defendants in December 2015. Devon J. Brown, 24, of Gary, pleaded guilty in July to robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, with two years suspended for probation.

Tyrone L. Maynor, 21, of Gary, was charged with assisting a criminal in Pendleton's killing. He pleaded guilty in April to the offense and was sentenced to three years in Lake County Community Corrections.

McGee apologized to Pendleton's family in a statement Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court.

“I learned from this matter,” he said.

Murray said he hoped McGee would live a productive life.

“Stay off the streets,” he said. “Eventually you'll end up on the wrong side of the gun.”

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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.