Indiana University student sentenced in attempted murder case

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UPDATE (May 4, 2016) --

Kriegon Newby pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder (felony level 5) and was sentenced to three years in prison with a suspended sentence. He was also sentenced to probation and will be on probation until April 12, 2019.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (May 8, 2015) -- An Indiana University senior remains in the Monroe County Jail after reportedly shooting a man he had an argument with early Wednesday morning, said police.

Kriegon Newby, 22, is facing preliminary charges of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a handgun without a license.

Police said the shooting happened around 4:10 a.m. in the 800 block of South Henderson. The 23-year-old victim suffered gunshot wounds to his head and upper and lower arm. He was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, where he is expected to recover, but his exact condition is unknown at this time.

Witnesses and the victim said he had been involved in a physical fight with Newby before the shooting. He was then called back to the area so Newby could apologize.  However, when the two were back together, they got into another argument and Newby reached into his pocket, drew a weapon and fired three shots. A witness tackled Newby and held him down until police arrived. Police recovered a .22-caliber handgun from the scene.

FOX59 spoke to a resident, Daniel McDonald, who awoke to yelling a scuffle in his driveway.

“So we heard a lot of yelling, kind of tried to go back to sleep, then heard sort of a popping sound and figured they were shooting some firecrackers or just celebrating,” said McDonald.

He said when he looked outside his window, he saw people lying in his driveway. McDonald said he heard an exchange between the two and assumed the victim and suspect were friends.

“’Why do you have a gun? What are you doing with your gun, why are you hurting me? I’m your friend.’ Kind of things like that. So at that point, once I heard gun, I knew I needed to call the cops.”

Other students who live in the area say the incident makes them feel unsafe.

“It’s graduation weekend, everyone’s in a good mood. The semester is done; everyone’s done with finals for the most part, so I’m not sure why the shooting happened now.”

Newby was booked at the Monroe County Jail and had his initial hearing Friday. The case remains under investigation by the Bloomington Police Department.

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