By Lasca Randels
WARSAW — An Etna Green man was sentenced in Kosciusko County Superior Court 1 Thursday, May 14.
Shawn Douglas McCrum, 53, 228 E. State St., Etna Green, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun without a license and criminal recklessness, both level 5 felonies.
In November 2019, officers with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call about a shooting.
The victim of the shooting, Michael Reynolds, 45, North Webster, suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach and was taken by ambulance to Lutheran Hospital.
According to court documents, Reynolds said a woman at McCrum’s Etna Green residence had invited him over. While at a building adjacent to the residence, Reynolds said he was drinking alcohol and spending time with several people at the residence, including McCrum. During that time, an argument between Reynolds and McCrum began and evolved into a fight.
Reynolds told officers that things eventually settled down and McCrum went into the residence. McCrum then returned and shot Reynolds in the stomach. Reynolds said he crawled out to his vehicle and drove away. Reynolds suffered a shattered femur as a result of the gunshot wound.
Officers obtained a search warrant for McCrum’s residence and took him into custody. McCrum admitted to firing a handgun at Reynolds three times, striking him once. McCrum is a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of intimidation and domestic battery in LaPorte County.
In court today, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brad Voelz told Judge David Cates that the woman at McCrum’s residence and the victim have a long history of violence and dysfunction. Voelz said the woman had allowed the victim to disregard no-contact orders.
It was against the court’s permission that the victim was there that night, Voelz said, because there was an active no-contact order at that time.
Voelz said he feels they have taken everything into consideration and have found no evidence that the shooting was done in self-defense.
McCrum’s attorney, Austin Rovenstine, said McCrum has not committed an offense in 15 years and “acted under strong provocation” that night.
Rovenstine said McCrum has been accepted into Michiana Community Corrections.
For each of the two charges, Judge Cates sentenced McCrum to three and a half years in prison, for a total of seven years.
The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently, meaning at the same time. Cates then suspended 18 months of the sentence, with that portion to be served on formal probation.
Cates said he has no objection to McCrum serving the executed portion of the sentence through Michiana Community Corrections.
McCrum was given 194 days of jail time credit. He was ordered to the Bowen Center for anger management and substance abuse evaluations and treatment.
He was instructed that he is not to consume alcohol and is not to be at any location where alcohol is present.
McCrum was ordered to surrender his firearm to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office and to have no contact with the victim.