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May 13, 2014

Streete sentenced to 15 years for role in Burris shooting

Craig Streete was sentenced to serve two years in the Indiana Department of Correction along with 10 years of work release, and three years on home detention for his role in the Devan Burris shooting on Dec. 6, 2013.

He will also be on probation for 15 years after his release. Streete, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class A felony, last month after a plea agreement was reached by Daviess County Prosecutor Dan Murrie and Paul J. Watts, Streete's attorney.

On the night of Dec. 6, Streete, Burris and Donal Kruchten met Lucas Benjamin and Logan Evans at the parking lot of Ebenezer Baptist Church on Oak Grove Road. In an attempt by Burris and Kruchten to rob the two, Evans shot Burris. He later died at Daviess Community Hospital.

Streete, the driver of the car, did not participate in the robbery. During his guilty plea hearing, Streete said he knew Kruchten and Burris planned to rob the other two.

Murrie called Kevin D. Lawyer, Burris' father to the witness stand for a brief statement. Lawyer, who only spoke briefly, said he felt that something came between Streete's better judgement. "I don't think you are that bad of a guy," said Lawyer. "Something came in you, maybe addiction, and you weren't thinking clearly."

Streete also spoke briefly before Judge Dean Sobecki read his sentence. Streete told Burris' family that he was sorry for what had happened. "I didn't know these things were going to happen," Streete said. "If I could take it all back, I would. I'm sorry to his family and to my own and I regret driving."

"This whole thing is a horrifying tragedy," said Sobecki.

Streete is the third person to be sentenced in the shooting. Benjamin received 30 years and Evans 45 years in prison for their roles Kruchten awaits trial in Superior Court on a murder charge. Another accused conspirator, Heaven Berry, is also awaiting trial on charges of hiding Evans days after the shooting.

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