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CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray on Thursday sentenced 17-year-old Keon Moten to 30 years in prison for the fatal shooting of another teen.

Murray suspended five years of the 30-year sentence, which Moten will serve on probation.

Moten, of Gary, was 15 at the time of the Nov. 18, 2007, shooting outside a gas station at 49th Avenue and Broadway.

Shot dead was 16-year-old Samuel White Jr., of Merrillville, whom authorities said was an innocent bystander in a conflict that had erupted earlier between two rival groups from Gary at a teenage nightclub. White had been identified as Anthony White in previous reports.

White was shot when Moten pulled a gun and began firing into a crowd of 20 or more people. The Merrillville High School junior was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the head at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary some two hours after the shooting.

Police reported several others were wounded by gunshots believed to have been intended for Moten as he fled on foot to reach a getaway car.

Moten was waived from juvenile to adult court in March 5, 2008, and charged with murder.

In September, facing a maximum 65-year sentence, Moten entered into a plea agreement with the state in which he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

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