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Updated: April 15, 2013 11:28AM



GARY

Absent defendant
found guilty

The bench trial scheduled for Brian Williams in Gary City Court proceeded without him Wednesday morning.

Williams, 27, of 4513 Miller Ave., was found guilty of possession of marijuana based on testimony from Sgt. Wayne Brazelton, who arrested Williams Dec. 10.

Williams was at the Public Safety Facility to meet with his probation officer when the victim of a robbery saw Williams and told Cpl. Len Miller he believed Williams was the suspect.

Brazelton located Williams and arrested him. In the booking area, Brazelton said he found a small bag of marijuana in the man’s pocket.

Judge Deidre Monroe found Williams guilty, sentenced him to one year in jail and issued an arrest warrant.

Man admits he
kicked in door

Le’Juan Grice pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and intimidation, admitting to Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe he tried to kick in his girlfriend’s door.

“She wouldn’t let me in and I wanted to get my belongings,” Grice, 19, of 1760 Clark Road, said.

The 27-year-old victim told Patrolman John Street and reserve officer Nate Harris she called police Tuesday night because Grice damaged her door and threatened to kill her.

Grice said he served time on house arrest for a previous crime, telling the judge, “I went to juvenile four times but they erased all of it.”

Monroe ordered a psychiatric evaluation and scheduled Grice’s sentencing for April 17. He was being held on $650 cash bond.

Back to jail for man
out on probation

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Gary man to one year in prison for domestic battery.

Corey Reed Voyles, 23, who was on probation for reckless homicide in the 2009 shooting death of his brother, was given credit for 187 days spent in the Lake County Jail since his Sept. 9 arrest. Voyles faced two to eight years for criminal confinement, which was dismissed along with misdemeanor charges in the domestic battery case.

Defense attorney Paul Psomadelis acknowledged his client was on probation when he committed the offense, but pointed out that Voyles has taken responsibility for his actions by admitting his guilt.

Deputy prosecutor Eric Randall said the victim had agreed to the terms of the plea agreement.

Voyles was sentenced in July 2011 to four years for shooting his brother Joshua during a roughhousing session that got out of control at a mobile home on Hendricks Street in Gary.

Voyles was to serve two years in Lake County Community Corrections, followed by two years on probation. About two months into his sentence, a petition to expel him from community corrections was filed and he was sent to the Indiana Department of Correction.



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