Man given 45 years for murder of Michigan City teen

2013-07-26T12:00:00Z 2013-07-26T23:26:06Z Man given 45 years for murder of Michigan City teenStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 26, 2013 12:00 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A 45-year prison sentence has been given for the slaying of a Michigan City boy in a shooting that helped touch off a community rally against gun violence last year.

Jamar Pasha, 21, of Michigan City was convicted under a guilty plea Thursday for murder and also placed on 10 years probation to be served once he's released.

Isiah Wright, 16, was found dead about 10 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2012, outside the former Eastport School on Michigan Boulevard by officers responding to a shots fired call.

Authorities have been reluctant to share exact details on what they believe happened leading up to the shooting to avoid compromising the cases still pending in court against two other defendants.

However, LaPorte County Deputy Prosecutor John Espar said Pasha was the triggerman.

Michigan City Police Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Cary Brinkman said he's not sure if what transpired was fully pieced together or if any of the defendants revealed a motive.

"Anything we say would be speculation if they didn't say it themselves," said Brinkman.

Charges of robbery and criminal gang activity, though, were also filed in the case against all three of the defendants.

"It's one of those cases of a robbery gone bad," Espar said.

The shooting and other gunfire at that time resulted in hundreds of people turning out a Peace Walk to try and curb the violence.

Extra patrols also went into effect and the police department's narcotics unit ramped up its effort to combat what they believed were drug related shootings.

One of the defendants in the case, Tabitha Bahus, 25, pleaded guilty to robbery last month and is awaiting sentencing. John Isbell, now 18, has not yet entered a plea.

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