Gray gets three years for attempted robbery of car

A man who tried to take a man’s vehicle was sentenced Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.

Vicxon D. Gray, 18, received a three-year sentence for attempted robbery, a Level 3 felony, for trying to take a man’s vehicle Feb. 18 as he was sitting in the Park Center parking lot, 1909 Carew St.

The victim told police a man in a puffy red jacket approached him and asked for change. The victim said he didn’t have money and as he backed his car out he saw the other man grab his door handle while screaming “Get out of the car” and reaching for something black in his waistband. The driver sped off and then returned to the parking lot to call police.

While interviewing the victim, an officer saw a man in a red jacket who avoided him, according to the report. They reported finding the man, identified as Gray, lying in the bushes in the 3600 block of Stafford Drive.

Police found the 9mm Smith & Wesson SW9M loaded with one round in the chamber and two rounds in the magazine along with several counterfeit $100 bills and a black ski mask in Gray’s pocket, according to a police report.

A second charge of carrying a handgun without a license was dismissed at sentencing. The sentence is to be served consecutively with a future sentence for his part in the July 2015 murder of Melvin Palmer.

As part of the plea agreement in that case, he must testify against brothers Shakidi Underwood and Kamari Underwood, who are accused of robbing and killing Palmer on July 9, 2015, in the 4000 block of Lillie Street. Gray allegedly said he was at the shooting and had handled one of the handguns used in the homicide but not on the date of the shooting. He initially also faced murder and robbery charges in the case, but those were later dropped.

The Underwoods, both of the 3900 block of South Wayne Avenue, are to be tried together July 18-21 in Allen Superior Court on murder charges.