One of the teenagers involved in a March 2018 shooting incident in Syracuse was sentenced this morning to time served and probation.

Mason Craig Mauk, 17, Warsaw, pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to a level 5 felony burglary charge, a lesser included offense of burglary charged as a level 2 felony, as part of a plea agreement. Charges of battery and theft were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Kosciusko County Superior Court I Judge David Cates accepted the plea this morning and told Mauk he was entitled to 353 actual days of jail time credit and 101 days of credit for good behavior. He sentenced Mauk to three years in the Indiana Department of Correction, suspended for time served with the balance of the sentence to be served on probation.

Mauk also must maintain employment and pay $50 a week for probation; go to the Bowen Center at his own expense for substance abuse counseling; and commit no other offenses while on probation.

Cates told him he must have no contact with the victim or Nathan Ries, another teen involved in the incident.

According to court documents in March 2018, Syracuse Police officer Michael Bumbaugh responded March 25, 2018, to a male subject shot with a firearm at 108 E. Haiden Drive, Apt. 36, Syracuse. Bumbaugh found the man with a large laceration above his right eye, a large bruise on the back and side of his head, and abrasions on his elbow and shoulder from being battered.

The victim said four male subjects had broken into his residence and beat him with a baseball bat and stole the Remington 1100 20-gauge shotgun, Savage HMR rifle and $2,150 in cash. He said two of the subjects were Ries and Mauk, but the other two subjects had their faces covered.

Medical personnel arrived and took the victim to Goshen Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The victim told SPD officer Joseph Keene that he, Ries and Mauk had issues about girls and the sale of marijuana. He said during the beating, he was able to obtain his handgun and the subjects ran out of the residence. He followed them outside and started shooting at them.

Ries admitted to Keene he was at the residence and hit the victim with a baseball bat.

Mauk admitted to Keene that he, Ries and the other two unnamed male juveniles planned to go to the victim’s residence and get revenge. He said they drove to the apartment complex, parked across the road in a field, walked to the victim’s apartment and watched him through the apartment window.

Mauk said they had two Airsoft guns with the orange tip painted black. Mauk had one of the guns with him. When the victim was in the kitchen, all four of the juveniles rushed through the door.

In court this morning, Mauk’s attorney, W. Douglas Lemon, talked about how his own dad told him when he was young not to be a follower. Lemon said this situation taught Mauk not to be a follower, especially of bad leaders.

Mauk told Cates, “This has been a very eye-opening experience for me.” He said he doesn’t want to repeat his mistakes or want anyone to take the same path he’s taken.