E.C. man admits role in Merrillville killing

2014-01-07T21:00:00Z 2014-01-07T22:18:12Z E.C. man admits role in Merrillville killingBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
January 07, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | An East Chicago man pleaded guilty Tuesday to involvement in a fatal shooting that left a Merrillville teenager dead last spring.

Anthony Addison, 23, appeared Tuesday before Lake Criminal Court Judge Sam Cappas.

Defense attorney Andrew Yoder, of Hobart, and the county prosecutor's office offered the court an agreement to reduce a murder charge against Addison to the lesser offense of assisting a criminal.

That would reduce Addison's possible penalty from a maximum of 65 years to less than eight years in prison.

Addison was one of four men charged last year with killing 14-year-old Depree Mims. He died after being struck by bullets fired March 27, 2013, into his home in the 7500 block of Marshall Street in Merrillville.

Matthew Knight, 15, of Merrillville, pleaded guilty last month to the reckless homicide and is serving an 11-year prison sentence.

Kevin Brown, 18, of Merrillville, pleaded guilty last month to assisting a criminal. Brown was sentenced to 18 months and given credit for time served while awaiting trial.

The prosecutor's office dismissed all charges against Joshua Addison, 22, of Gary, last summer.

Anthony Addison admitted Tuesday he was present when Knight shot Mims and helped Knight initially avoid arrest.

The judge took Anthony Addison's plea under advisement and will rule Feb. 7 whether to accept it and impose a sentence.

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