CROWN POINT — An East Chicago man was placed on probation Wednesday after sentencing for a shooting that wounded a 21-year-old man in Hammond in 2016.
Brian M. Franciski, 24, pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor carrying a firearm without a license. He initially had been facing two felony counts of attempted murder and misdemeanor carrying a firearm without a license.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced Franciski to three years in prison on the criminal recklessness charge and 358 days in jail on the firearm charge, but suspended both and placed Franciski on probation.
The victim was transported to Franciscan Health Hammond hospital and then to a Chicago hospital, where he was treated for a significant loss of blood, a probable cause affidavit states.
Franciski also agreed to forfeit the handgun seized by police to the Lake County Sheriff's Department for destruction.