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Jury finds robbery suspect guilty

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by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

One of two Huntington men suspected of robbing a man in July of 2018 were found guilty yesterday, after a three-day jury trial.

Police say the victim was hospitalized after suspects beat him with a hammer, held him at gunpoint and took his property near the 400 block of Grayston Avenue.

The jury found Joshua M. Gamble, 33, guilty of robbery resulting in injury, a Level 3 felony, and criminal confinement, a Level 3 felony. Level 3 felony charges carry a possible sentence between three and 16 years in prison, with an advisory sentence of nine years, according to Indiana Code. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled as of deadline Thursday.

The second suspect, Christopher D. Shockome, 28, awaits a jury trail currently set for June 25-27, where he faces charges of robbery resulting in injury, a Level 3 felony; criminal confinement, a Level 3 felony; unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Level 4 felony; carrying a handgun without a license, a Level 5 felony; pointing a firearm, a Level 6 felony; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

On July 24 around 3 p.m., police say Gamble hit the victim’s body repeatedly with a hammer as Shockome held the victim at gunpoint with a sawed-off shotgun until the victim finally gave the suspects his cell phone, shoes and pocket knives.

When officers arrived at the scene, police say Shockome dropped a black duffel bag, containing the alleged sawed-off shotgun, shotgun shells, and began to run. When Gamble was taken into custody, officers found the victim’s cell phone and two knives, according to police reports.

Gamble told police that the victim got unruly and needed to be removed from the residence. Police say Gamble denied knowing how the cell phone and knives got into his possession, but eventually admitted that the knives and cell phone belonged to the victim. Gamble also said he didn’t see Shockome with the gun, but after changing his story multiple times, he admitted to Shockome having the gun, according to police reports.

Police say Gamble logged onto an account on the victim’s phone.

The victim said he went to the home to retrieve debt owed to him from Shockome and was attacked by Shockome and Gamble.

The gun used in the crime was modified to be used with one hand and had a barrel length to be classified as a handgun, police say. Shockome was convicted in 2008 for burglary, a Class B felony, which classifies him as a “serious violent felon,” according to court records.

Shockome’s bond is set at $60,000, plus $5,000 cash. He is currently in custody at the Huntington County Jail.