Driver sentenced to eight years in hit-and-run crash that killed young boy

Gary Shinnamon
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The man suspected of causing a hit-and-run crash that killed a seven-month-old boy was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

Gary Shinnamon is facing felony charges including reckless homicide and failure to stop after an accident. He was sentenced to eight years, which includes four served, plus one year on work release and three on probation.

The crash happened last March along West 38th Street near Guion Road.

Court papers reveal that Shinnamon, who had a suspended license, was going 91 miles per hour when he rear-ended a car carrying a family from Chicago. The impact threw the baby from his car seat. The child later died from his injuries.

The parents of six-month-old Yoshwah Benjamin James were hoping to move to Indianapolis from Chicago to give him and their other children a better life. Instead, the trip changed their lives forever.

Warren Shafford, Yoshway's father, identified Shinnamon from a line-up as the man he saw speeding behind him right before the crash. Shafford told police he actually spoke to Shinnamon at the scene and that Shinnamon told him it was someone else who'd caused the accident and then took off running.

Shinnamon turned himself in a few days later.

13 Investigates determined that Shinnamon was driving on a suspended license after two drunk driving convictions and a conviction for dealing marijuana. All of those convictions happened in the past three years.