Man receives 16 years in prison for involvement in 2020 shots fired incident outside local high school

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Terre Haute man was sentenced to 16 years in prison Tuesday in connection to a 2020 incident involving shots fired outside of Terre Haute South Vigo High School.

Melvin Ray Bell III, 37, Terre Haute, was sentenced to 20 total years, 16 of which are to be served in prison and four on probation, on Oct. 26 by Judge Sarah Mullican in Vigo County Superior Court 3.

Bell was allegedly involved in a shots fired incident outside of Terre Haute South on Nov. 8, 2020. No one was shot during the altercation, Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen said following the incident.

A jury found Bell guilty on July 12 of criminal recklessness, a level 5 felony, carrying a handgun without a license and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a level 4 felony.

According to Prosecutor Rob Roberts, Bell also admitted in court to being a habitual offender.

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