CROWN POINT — An East Chicago man was sentenced to 38 years in prison after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in a fatal shooting last year in the city's Harbor section.
Tyray L. Tolbert, 33, pleaded guilty in April to voluntary manslaughter, a level 2 felony, and an enhancement for use of a firearm.
Tolbert initially was charged with murder in the Feb. 10, 2018, shooting death of Steven Wiggins, 46, near 136th and Guthrie streets in East Chicago.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell accepted Tolbert's plea agreement last week and sentenced him to 30 years for voluntary manslaughter and eight years on the firearm enhancement, to be served consecutively.
Tolbert received credit for 547 days in jail. He must serve 75% of his sentence, court records say.
Police found Wiggins dead in the street from gunshot wounds to his head, back and side.
Wiggins, Tolbert and two other men had been driving around that night, drinking and smoking marijuana, before attending a birthday party. A witness told police Wiggins and Tolbert argued about "stupid stuff" and exited the car as if they were about to fight, court records say.
Instead, Tolbert shot Wiggins. After Wiggins fell to the ground, Tolbert ran up and shot him in the head two or three more times.
Tolbert, who previously survived a stab wound to his heart in 2006, was arrested April 8, 2018, minutes before an Amtrak train he had boarded in downtown Chicago was scheduled to leave the station.