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Indianapolis man receives 50 year sentence for murder

Victim found dead in car at east side apartments
Posted at 11:26 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 11:32:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS—One of two men charged in a 2017 Indianapolis murder is going to prison for 50-years.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office says 22-year-old Nikolas Shannon was sentenced, following a four-day jury trial, for the murder and robbery of Jared Dowell.

The victim was shot and killed in November 2017 at the Marina Apartments, near Post Road and East 21st Street on the Indianapolis east side.

The second suspect, 20-year-old Stefan McClendon, is scheduled for trial in September.

According to information from the prosecutor and police, the victim was set up for a robbery during a drug deal.

During the robbery, police say Shannon shot Dowell. An autopsy determined the bullet severed Dowell’s spinal cord before lodging in his right lung.

After a 45-minute standoff, police eventually convinced Shannon to leave his apartment in the same complex. Inside, officers allegedly found pipes, scales and packaging, along with apparent marijuana that had been partially flushed down a toilet. Police also found a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun that appeared to have recently been wiped clean.

Detectives say they found video showing McClendon talking to the gunman, who they say is Shannon, for approximately 30 seconds prior to the shooting. McClendon was in the car with Dowell when the latter was killed.