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A Gary man was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for repeatedly shooting another man with an assault rifle at his friend's Gary house.

Javon R. King was sentenced by Judge Diane Boswell to 16 years in prison for aggravated battery in the Jan. 8, 2017, shooting, court records state. The judge also sentenced King to four years in prison for his role in a Dec. 14, 2016, robbery in Hobart, but that term of imprisonment will be served concurrent to the 16-year prison sentence.

King, 20, pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to the two offenses in a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors.

He admitted in the agreement he confronted the victim armed with a SKS assault rifle at the friend's residence in the 1400 block of East 35th Court in Gary.

King allegedly said, “Mother (expletive), don't move,” and shot the victim in the hand, the agreement states.

The man was shot twice more in the buttocks and again in the stomach before he managed to jump out a bedroom window and flee to a neighbor's house.

He was treated at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus and Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois,  where he underwent three surgeries, including surgery to reattach several fingers nearly severed in the shooting.

King also admitted in the plea agreement a month prior to the shooting he and two other men forced entry into a residence in the 900 block of 38th Place in Hobart. The men ransacked the home and forced two residents to give up their personal possessions, the agreement states.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, the state dismissed charges stemming from several other violent armed robberies King allegedly committed with two other men, Rickkie D. Carr and Javaris Harris, 21.

Carr, 24, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to two counts robbery and burglary. He was sentenced to 13 years prison. Harris, 21, pleaded guilty in August 2017 to two counts of robbery and was sentenced to four years of prison and two years in Lake County Community Corrections.

King remains charged in Porter County with burglary and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, records state.


Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.