CROWN POINT | A Gary teen was sentenced Monday to a suspended four-year sentence in connection with last year's fatal shooting of his father.
Thomas Mallory Jr., then 17, shot his 39-year-old father as he lay in bed with the covers pulled over his head.
Thomas Mallory Sr. died Dec. 19 of a single gunshot wound to the neck at the family's home in the 5600 block of West 37th Avenue.
The younger Mallory had faced a murder charge punishable by up to 65 years in prison. He last month pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, a Class C felony for which he faced a sentence of between two and eight years.
The lesser charge was supported by the senior Mallory's mother and other family members.
The shooting was provoked by the latest beating of the teen's mother by her violent, abusive husband, authorities say.
Mallory, now 18, was described as a good student who had never been in trouble prior to the shooting.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray imposed a four-year sentence, crediting Mallory with time served in the Lake County Jail and ordering the remainder of the sentence be served on probation.
"This is a tragic situation," said defense attorney John Cantrell, who represents the younger Mallory.
"My deepest sympathies go out to all those involved."