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CROWN POINT — A 41-year-old man charged with shooting and wounding his ex-wife's husband for disciplining his children has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery.

Charles R. Branham Jr. will face three to nine years in prison for shooting the man in the stomach April 8, 2015, at the man's home in the 4400 block of Connecticut Street in Gary, according to a plea agreement.

The typical sentence for aggravated battery, a level 3 felony, is three to 16 years in prison, but the state agreed to the shorter sentencing range as part of the plea agreement.

The state also agreed to dismiss at sentencing counts of attempted murder, battery by means of a deadly weapon, a firearm sentencing enhancement and charges stemming from Branham's arrest in June 2015.

Branham was accused in that incident of fleeing a traffic stop June 10, 2015, leading police on a high-speed chase through Portage and South Haven.

Branham entered his plea Tuesday before Judge Salvador Vasquez.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17.


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.