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RICHMOND, Indiana – A Richmond man has been sentenced to 85 years in prison for shooting his neighbor and attempting to kill the victim’s mother.

Elick Tywayne Allen, 44, was sentenced by Judge Gregory Horn on Wednesday in Wayne Superior Court 2. A jury found Allen guilty of murder and attempted murder in June.

The Richmond man was accused of shooting 46-year-old John D. Day in his New Paris Pike home on May 13, 2021. Allen also shot Day’s then 72-year-old mother, Brenda. She survived.

According to an affidavit, Allen and the Days were neighbors and had been enemies before the murders.

After Allen allegedly insulted John Day’s daughter, Day confronted Allen near the defendant’s home and punched him, breaking his nose.

Allen, armed with a .45 caliber pistol, entered the Days’ home without permission and fatally shot first Brenda Day and then her son, who was sitting on a chair in the living room, in the neck.

Following the verdict on Wednesday, Richmond Police Chief Kyle Weatherly issued a statement saying, in part, that the case sends “a clear message that crimes will be solved and perpetrators will be held accountable.”

According to court records, Allen, then of Williamsburg, was convicted of assault in connection with a 2009 shooting.

He is also scheduled to appear in Circuit Court 2 on November 18 for marijuana trafficking. The charge is a Level 5 felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of six years.

When police searched Allen’s home after the 2021 murder, they said they discovered an indoor marijuana growing facility and seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana.

Douglas Walker is a news reporter for The Star Press. Reach him at 765-213-5851 or [email protected].