The Herald Bulletin

June 21, 2013

Black Expo gunman out of prison in under two years


The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A man sentenced to eight years in prison in 2011 for shooting nine people during the 2010 Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration was back behind bars Thursday after being released to a community transition program.

Shamus Patton, 20, faced a preliminary charge of resisting police after he fled from a vehicle following a chase that began with an attempted traffic stop Wednesday night.

An Indiana Department of Correction website listed Patton's earliest release date as July 16, 2013. DOC Spokesman Doug Garrison said Patton had his prison sentence reduced and was on work release due to good behavior and other incentives.

Volunteers of America Director Mary Leffler said her work-release program reported Patton as missing after he didn't return on time by 6 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a job search pass.

Patton was 17 at the time of 2010 shootings in downtown Indianapolis that investigators determined to be gang-related. Patton was charged as an adult and convicted a year later on nine counts of battery and one of criminal recklessness for the polis.

"Here is a guy who was the poster child for a stigma around Black Expo and a lot of people worked very hard to get rid of that stain, only to be reminded of it again," Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite told The Indianapolis Star.

Patton was being held Thursday at the Marion County Jail, where online records did not indicated whether he had an attorney.

Under a law passed by the General Assembly this spring, prisoners will need to serve at least 75 percent of their prison sentences, even with good behavior. The change takes effect in July 2014. Currently, prisoners receive an extra day of credit for every day of good behavior, effectively cutting many sentences in half.