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Hammond

Three years for confining woman

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Hammond man to three years for criminal confinement involving his girlfriend.

Darnell Lamar Jones, 28, was ordered to serve one year in jail, with the remaining two years suspended and served on probation in the March 18, 2011, assault on Araceli Gutierrez at her home in the 5500 block of Claud Avenue, Hammond.

Gutierrez, who was a witness on behalf of Jones, acknowledged she suffered a broken nose, two black eyes and a dislocated jaw in the attack in which Jones repeatedly punched her. The assault occurred in front of at least two of her four children.

Gutierrez said she had asked that charges be dismissed because she didn’t want Jones to go to jail. Jones has six children by five women, including one with Gutierrez.

Deputy prosecutor Reginald Marcus argued for a four-year sentence, with two years spent in prison, followed by two years on probation, while defense attorney Randy Godshalk asked for some of his client’s sentence to be served in an alternative program.

Boswell agreed to allow Jones to be evaluated for Lake County Community Corrections and serve his sentence there if he qualifies.



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