2nd brother sentenced in gang-related attack

2013-05-22T08:00:00Z 2nd brother sentenced in gang-related attackBy Jim Osborn / josborn@columbustelegram.com Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS -- A 16-year-old Columbus boy convicted of wounding a city man with a pellet gun in connection with a gang-related attack at a Ninth Street residence last fall has been sentenced to two to four years behind bars.

Platte County District Court Judge Robert Steinke sentenced Cole Shatto to one- to two-year prison terms each on convictions for attempted second-degree assault and terrorist threats in two separate incidents.

Steinke ordered the sentences to run consecutively, meaning one after another, and gave Shatto credit for 173 days already served in the Madison Juvenile Detention Center.

In addition to the Oct. 6 gang attack, Shatto, a freshman in high school, was convicted of terroristic threats in a separate incident Jan. 24 at the Boys Town Day School in Duncan.

Shatto was convicted of threatening to bring a gun to the school and shoot other students and staff members.

Cameron Shatto, 18, recently was sentenced to three to five years in prison for attempted second-degree assault and tampering with evidence stemming from the gang attack and revocation of his probation on a previous burglary conviction.

Court documents accused the Shatto brothers of wielding an aluminum baseball bat and firing several shots from a pellet gun at two other city men in the yard of a Ninth Street home.

Court records indicate both brothers have extensive histories of violence and involvement in gang-related rivalries.

Documents in the assault case describe an encounter that began the afternoon of Oct. 6 when the Shatto brothers approached two other men in the garage of a Ninth Street residence.

One of the assailants (later identified as Cole Shatto) pulled a pellet gun out of his waistband and began firing, hitting one of the victim’s in the chest and back areas, Columbus Police Investigator Gregory Sealock said in his arrest affidavit.

The victim attempted to wrestle the weapon away from Cole Shatto, but the defendant kept firing, hitting the victim in the cheek and forehead, the investigator said.

Meanwhile, Sealock said a second victim attempted to help subdue the initial attacker, but was then beaten by Cameron Shatto with an aluminum baseball bat.

Sealock said as the investigation of the fight progressed, it was found that the pellet gun was missing from the scene. Witnesses revealed the gun was discarded in the Pawnee Park West lagoon in the aftermath of the attack.

The investigator said there were conflicting reports of who was responsible for tampering with the evidence at the scene.

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