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Donnell Howard Jr., of Highland

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CROWN POINT — The Highland man who caused a police pursuit in February that ended in a 13-year-old Whiting girl's death has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony resisting law enforcement.

Donnell Howard Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday at a court hearing in Lake Criminal Court to resisting law enforcement, a level 3 felony, and resisting law enforcement, a level 5 felony.

Howard, 32, admitted at the plea hearing he participated in the high-speed chase Feb. 15 that killed Julianna Chambers and seriously injured the girl's grandmother, Theresa Paramo.

Jessica S. Pichon, a woman who was in the vehicle with Howard during the police pursuit, pleaded guilty to the same offenses at a court hearing last month.

The police pursuit started after Pichon allegedly stole a case of beer from an East Chicago grocery store and then fled the scene in a vehicle operated by Howard.

The defendants fled from police in their vehicle before eventually crashing into Paramo's vehicle at Columbia Avenue and Gostlin Street in Hammond.

The state agreed in the plea agreement with Howard to dismiss charges of reckless homicide, as well as other lesser offenses, at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 11.

Pichon is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20, according to court records.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.