Court hearing for Black Expo event shooter moved to next week

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Facing probation violations and charges for resisting arrest, Shamus Patton was back in court Friday for a community corrections hearing, which was continued until next week.

Patton was sent away for nearly 10 years for shooting several people at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in 2010, and was supposed to be on a job search when he was arrested and found with guns and ski masks after a police chase Wednesday that ended at Falcon Drive and Edwin Court on the city’s northwest side. His arrest was first reported by Fox59 News.

“We’re still investigating to make sure we fully understand why he was in the car, and what was happening,” IMPD Chief Rick Hite said Friday.

Patton was assigned in April to the Volunteers of America Brandon Hall in downtown Indianapolis to begin his transition from Department of Corrections inmate to community member.

Officials said Patton signed out to do a job search accompanied by his brother Wednesday. When he didn’t return by 4 p.m., VOA staff began a search two hours later and learned he’d been arrested two hours before by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Though Patton was given several sentences that added up to 10 years, due to his completion of a GED requirement and substance abuse program, he was released after less than three years behind bars.

“It’s not a rite of passage to manhood, it’s not street cred,” Hite said. “You end up in prison.”

But what about life after prison? The Patton case now has some advocates wondering if there’s a different way to handle the transition from prison back to society.

Gregg Keesling runs a non-profit organization, called RecycleForce, that puts ex-offenders back to work.

“It upsets me,” Keesling said. “If we would have had the chance, perhaps we could have had an impact on him.”

“I wish he would have came down here, he might have gotten hired,” said ex-felon and current employee Robert Smith. “(He) probably didn’t know about the program.”

“We’re concerned about making sure there is a plan for young people who are released from prison,” said Chief Hite. “It’s unacceptable for violence to be inflicted upon the community.”

Patton will be back in court Monday to face new charges related to the police chase. The community corrections hearing, dealing with Patton’s probation violation, was moved to next Friday.