Updated: June 4, 2013 6:33AM
Three East Chicago men charged with murder in a July homicide in East Chicago pleaded guilty to a reduced offense on Thursday and were ordered released to electronic home monitoring.
Nathan M. Kincaid, 30; Cameo Q. Samuels, 30; and Fabian D. Villagomez, 29, pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness, which is punishable by six months to three years. Samuels also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, a Class C felony punishable by two to eight years, but his plea agreement caps that sentence at six years.
Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. took the plea agreements under advisement and scheduled a Sept. 12 sentencing hearing. He also approved a bond reduction agreement calling for all three to be released to electronic monitoring. Charges of murder, aggravated battery and battery would be dismissed at their sentencing hearings.
The plea agreement was filed in the case involving the July 21 shooting death of Davianta Dunham, who was attacked in the 3500 block of Guthrie Street in East Chicago and knocked unconscious. The physical altercation with Dunham and others continued as Dunham lay on the ground.
Dunham died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Two other men — Chauncey L. Hackett Jr., 22, of East Chicago, who is in custody in the Lake County Jail, and fugitive Uther J. Kincaid, 29, of Gary — also were charged with murder, aggravated battery and battery. Hackett has pleaded not guilty. His omnibus hearing is set for May 8.
The plea agreement requires Kincaid, Samuels and Villagomez to testify against each other, Hackett, Uther Kincaid, “and a yet to be charged defendant” if prosecutors request them to do so. As of Thursday afternoon, a sixth individual has not been charged in the case.