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Law and Order Gary: Man charged with cutting girlfriend’s neck

Updated: May 9, 2014 5:32PM



Gary

Man accused of cutting arrested

The man arrested Sunday night at his home after allegedly cutting his girlfriend’s neck with a knife has been charged.

Clester M. Sims, 37, is charged with battery by means of a deadly weapon and intimidation.

The victim, Santrina Echols, 40, told Sgt. Dan Callahan she and Sims argued and he put a butcher knife to her neck and threatened to kill her, the probable cause affidavit states.

Patrolmen Brandon Hulse and Gerald Richardson arrested Sims outside his home at 1418 W. 16th Ave. about 10:45 p.m. Sunday night.

He is being held on $50,000 bail at the Lake County Jail.

Battery, failure to register sentences

A Gary man was sentenced to six years in prison for battery with a deadly weapon and four years for failure to register as a sexual or violent offender.

Phillip Davis Jr., 30, will serve the sentences concurrently in the Indiana Department of Correction under terms of the plea agreements submitted in Lake Superior Court.

Davis admitted he beat a woman with a belt, a board from a piece of furniture, which broke, and a broomstick, which also broke. Davis then used the jagged broomstick handle to continue beating the woman, who sustained cuts on her legs and arms from the assault on Sept. 4 at the woman’s home in the 4000 block of Monroe Street in Gary.

Police had been called to the home on a report of a woman and 4-year-old who were being held against their will.

In 2011, Davis was convicted in Lake County of failure to register as a sex offender. He was convicted in February 2004 of third-degree sexual assault involving a 12-year-old girl in Milwaukee County, Wis., and is required to register until 2023.

Man admits to stalking pair

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Hammond man to five years for stalking two individuals.

Keith Brandon Denard, 37, admitted he stalked Antoine Brown and Angela Harper between Jan. 24, 2011 and June 3, 2011 in Gary. Denard also made explicit threats to Brown, and stalked Harper after a protective order had been issued.

Denard admitted he constantly drove to the home of the victims, threatened then verbally and threatened them with text and phone messages.

Denard’s plea agreement called for two years to be served in custody, followed by three years on probation. Denard completed the executed portion of his sentence.

Denard had faced six to 20 years on the original stalking charges, which were dismissed along with charges of intimidation and pointing a firearm.



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