Man convicted in 2010 Black Expo shooting found guilty of felony forgery

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 9, 2014)—A man convicted in the 2010 Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration shootings was found guilty of six felony counts of forgery.

Authorities said Shamus Patton falsified signatures of business managers on work-release documents. According to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Patton signed out of the Indiana Department of Correction in June 2013 to job hunt. When Patton returned to the facility, authorities said his Daily Employer Contact Sheet had multiple forged signatures.

“We fully support re-entry programs and encourage offenders to take advantage of opportunities to regain employment while transitioning from incarceration. However there is no chance of success if the offender is not genuinely participating,” Prosecutor Terry Curry stated. “We will not tolerate anyone gaming the system as Mr. Patton attempted to do, and we will continue to hold accountable those who abuse these opportunities while they are serving their sentence.”

Patton was convicted in 2011 after pleading guilty to 13 charges for his role in the Black Expo shootings. He was sentenced to serve 16 years in prison.

He will be sentenced on the forgery charges on May 22.

Additionally, authorities said a second forgery case is pending against Patton in connection with additional falsified signatures on work-release documents that allegedly occurred in May and June 2013. A pre-trial for those charges is scheduled on May 22.

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