Gary man agrees to 55-year sentence in separate crimes

2013-06-19T20:00:00Z 2013-06-19T23:39:05Z Gary man agrees to 55-year sentence in separate crimesSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | A Gary man on Wednesday admitted to his roles in separate crimes in which a man was killed in a robbery and another was wounded by gunfire.

Marvel Harper, 22, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and aggravated battery.

A plea agreement calls for Harper to serve 40-year and 15-year sentences on the charges, respectively. The sentences are to be served concurrently if approved by the court.

Sentencing was set for July 17.

According to the plea agreement, Harper on Dec. 16 went to the area of Alice Avenue and Carroll Street in Hammond, where he and two co-defendants planned to rob 32-year-old David Alexander Jr. The defendants knew Alexander would be carrying drugs and possibly cash, court records state.

When Alexander arrived early Dec. 17, Harper and a co-defendant approached Alexander's car and struck him with their handguns, according to court records.  Alexander dropped his wallet as he was removed from the car, and one of the co-defendants fled with it. Another co-defendant then shot Alexander multiple times, killing him, the documents state.

Harper also admitted he and two co-defendants shot into a group of people near Monroe and Kenwood streets Dec. 14, striking a man walking in the area.

A bullet hit an artery in the man's lower leg, leading to at least two surgeries and placing the man at risk of death, court records state.

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