Man convicted in gunfire incident near Terre Haute South

Melvin Ray Bell III

A Terre Haute man has been convicted by a jury of criminal recklessness in connection with Nov. 8 gunfire outside Terre Haute South Vigo High School.

Melvin Ray Bell III, 36, of Terre Haute, has an Aug. 17 sentencing date in Vigo Superior Court 3.

A jury found Bell also was guilty of carrying a handgun without a license and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

The trial began Wednesday and concluded Thursday.

Deputy Prosecutor Jared Modesitt successfully argued that Bell fired a handgun at a vehicle in the school parking lot after people in two separate vehicles got into a pursuit and confrontation.

Police also arrested Kevin L. Joyner II, 24, who later pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness in connection with the incident. Joyner is serving a six-year prison sentence. 

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