- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in an April 2014 gang fight that escalated to gunfire that resulted in a stray bullet striking and killing a South Bend toddler.

In a deal with prosecutors, Tarez Buchanon pleaded guilty in April to attempted murder in exchange for the dropping of a murder charge and a gang enhancement.

Authorities say the 2-year-old died when he was struck by a stray bullet from a gunfight between two rival gangs several blocks away.

In a statement before sentencing Wednesday, Buchanon acknowledged his role in the violence and apologized to both John’s and his families.

The South Bend Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1LXqYSz) in all, eight men and teenage boys were charged in connection with the toddler’s death.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, https://www.southbendtribune.com


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