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Teen shooting

From left are Vashaun M. Walsh and Jakail N. Shelton.

A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assisting a criminal for serving as the getaway driver in a teenager's gang-related shooting last year in Hammond.

Jakail N. Shelton admitted in the plea agreement filed in Lake Criminal Court he served as the driver for Vashaun M. Walsh, who shot the 16-year-old boy April 4, 2017, in the 1300 block of Lake View Avenue. The shooting shattered the boy's femur and caused numerous injuries to his limbs and lower body.

Walsh pleaded guilty in January to aggravated battery and criminal gang activity for shooting the boy. He admitted he shot him to gain prestige in the Ambrose street gang.

Assisting a criminal is a Level 6 felony, punishable by six months to 2 1/2 years incarceration. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Shelton will be sentenced to two years in prison, which will be suspended for two years of probation.

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Upon successful completion of his probation, Shelton can petition the court to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor conviction. The state agreed to dismiss counts of attempted murder, felony battery, criminal recklessness and criminal gang enhancement at Shelton's sentencing hearing.

Shelton is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 25.

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