CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray on Thursday sentenced a 31-year-old Chicago man to 55 years in prison for his role in a 2011 drug-related shooting and high-speed chase.
Lyndon Davis had been convicted of murder in February in the shooting of 38-year-old Parrish Myles, of Dolton, Ill., at The Mansards apartments in Griffith.
The actual shooter — Davis' uncle, Robert E. Davis, of Chicago — is serving a 65-year sentence after conviction last year. The shooting in broad daylight led to an immediate police pursuit of the men through Griffith, Hammond and Highland before the two were apprehended.
The trial revealed a South Side Chicago drug dealer had ordered a hit on Myles, believing he was responsible for missing drug money.
The hit was handed to Lyndon Davis, who claimed reluctance to shoot Myles as ordered, instead mentioning the hit to his uncle who not long before had been released from prison after serving 23 years on a prior murder charge.
During trial, defense attorney Kevin Milner, of Merrillville, had argued the younger Davis had not anticipated his uncle would shoot Myles with so many witnesses about the property.
During lengthy deliberations, the jury twice sought assistance from the court on the law regarding aiding and abetting a crime but returned the next day to convict Davis of murder within 40 minutes.
During Thursday's emotion-filled sentencing, Davis attempted again to present his version of events to the judge, denying he brought his uncle to the apartment complex to kill Myles in front of children. Judge Murray rejected the effort, reminding Davis of his right to appeal the conviction.
Myles' mother earlier broke down briefly while recounting the loss of her son but also extended Davis her forgiveness.
Davis sympathized with Myles' family but argued he had been turning his life around and had custody of his children.
Deputy prosecuting attorney Angela Mattozzi, however, cited Davis' lengthy prior criminal history and argued that but for the younger Davis' influence, his uncle would not have shot Myles.