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Alleged bar gunman admits gang ties

Sewell

– One of three men accused of participating in a beating and shooting inside a north-side bar admitted to criminal gang activity Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.

Christopher Javon Sewell, 26, of the 5100 block of Lillie Street, pleaded guilty to a Class D felony of criminal gang activity and a misdemeanor charge of battery. A more serious charge of battery causing injury or with a deadly weapon will be dismissed as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

No specific prison sentence is specified in court documents, nor do court documents call for his cooperation in the case against his co-defendants. A Class D felony carries a sentence of six months to three years in prison.

Along with Adonis Robinson, 24, and Demanuel Tompkins, 27, Sewell was charged in an attack against Marvin Davis Jr. inside Peanuts, 5731 St. Joe Road, about 2:15 a.m. March 30. Shot and beaten, Davis was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Sewell, Robinson and Tompkins are gang members, according to court documents.

Throughout the attack, Sewell and Tompkins were heard yelling “PAC,” the name of a local gang, according to court documents.

The three men walked into the bar and confronted Davis. Robinson walked up behind Davis and put a gun to his head, court records said. As Davis fled the bar, Robinson opened fire, striking Davis in the hand, foot, and hip. As Davis lay on the floor, bleeding, Sewell and Tompkins began hitting and kicking him, court records said.

Davis later told detectives the shooting and subsequent beating stemmed from a prior encounter involving Robinson, court records said.

Robinson faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery, criminal recklessness, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and criminal gang activity. The case against him is pending and set for trial in early September.

Tompkins was charged with felony battery, criminal gang activity and misdemeanor battery. He is also scheduled to stand trial in September.

Sewell will be sentenced next month, according to court documents.

rgreen@jg.net

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