CROWN POINT — A Gary woman was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in an attempted robbery of her children's father that ended when one of her sons shot the other.
Shonika V. Drones, 38, was convicted in April by a Lake Criminal Court jury of attempted armed robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, attempted armed robbery and false informing.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced Drones last week to 10 years in prison for attempted armed robbery and one year for false informing, to be served concurrently.
Vasquez ordered Drones to serve five years in prison and suspended the other five years, court records show.
Drones' husband, Maurice Holmes, 48, is facing the same charges. His jury trial is set for Sept. 9.
Drones, Holmes, and Drones' two sons — who were 15 and 16 at the time of the shooting — planned to rob the boys' father when they went to his home Nov. 27, 2017, in the 1500 block of Broadway in East Chicago, records say.
Drones and Holmes dropped the boys off in an alley and proceeded to the home, where the boys' father helped them carry items out of the house. When the father returned to the home, he found the door had been closed and opened it.
Inside, he saw the younger boy standing with a bat. The father lunged at the boy to take the bat away, and the older son jumped on his back.
The father told police the younger boy pulled out a gun and fired it as he fell onto a couch, shooting his brother in the arm.