CROWN POINT | An Illinois man was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to being involved in a shootout last year at the Safe and Sound Senior Citizens Social Club in Gary.
Kendall M. Reed, 25, of Calumet Park, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a Class B felony. As part of the plea agreement, he could have been sentenced to prison for 10 to 14 years.
The shooting happened Feb. 12, 2014, after Reed intended to rob the club at 2220 Broadway, which led to a shootout between Reed and club patrons, according to court records. Five people, including Reed, were wounded in the shooting.
According to the plea agreement, one of the victims, Stevie Coleman, is no longer able to use his left arm because of the gunshot wound. Coleman also was shot in the upper left leg.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Persin presented Lake County Criminal Judge Clarence Murray with a letter from Coleman and photos of the injuries.
Persin said the injuries have drastically impacted Coleman's employment and personal relationships. He argued for the 14-year term, citing Reed's extensive criminal history.
Persin said Reed has had 27 contacts with law enforcement, and he was on parole in Illinois when the shooting happened.
Defense attorney Marc Laterzo told Murray though his client does have past felony convictions, Reed has been cooperative and remorseful for his actions.
Reed apologized to a mostly empty courtroom for his actions. He said he wants to take advantage of programs while incarcerated, and hopes to become a better role model for his younger relatives.
"I'm (going to) do my time constructively," Reed said.
Murray said it was clear from Coleman's letter and photos that the gunshot injuries have nearly destroyed his life. He told Reed he hopes he will use his time wisely in prison.
"You don't have to stay on this course that you've been on," Murray said.