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1 of 3 alleged bar gunmen to serve 3-year sentence

A 26-year-old man was given a three-year sentence Friday for participating in a fight and shooting at a north-side bar earlier this year.

Christopher Javon Sewell, of the 5100 block of Lillie Street, pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of criminal gang activity and a misdemeanor charge of battery. He was one of three men accused in a March shooting inside Peanuts, 5731 St. Joe Road.

Along with Adonis Robinson, 24, and Demanuel Tompkins, 27, Sewell was charged in an attack against Marvin Davis Jr. inside the bar 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, court records said.

The three men walked into the bar and confronted Davis. Robinson walked up behind Davis and put a gun to his head, according to court records. 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 with 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 also pleaded guilty to criminal gang activity and misdemeanor battery. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck sentenced Sewell to three years on the criminal gang activity charge and an additional year on the battery charge, but ordered the sentences to be served at the same time.

“He has no respect for the laws of this community,” Surbeck said. He added that he had no doubt that when Sewell was released he would return to his gang activity.