Gary man pleads guilty to firing on victim later killed by co-defendant

2013-05-08T19:30:00Z 2013-05-08T20:21:09Z Gary man pleads guilty to firing on victim later killed by co-defendantTimes Staff
May 08, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | One of two Gary men charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a third Gary man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of criminal recklessness.

Roosevelt Franklin, 29, admitted to being in a car driven by Jory Peters, 28, and firing at Juan Nieves and a woman a week before Nieves was killed last year.

Nieves and the woman were inside a pickup truck in the parking lot of a Gary gas station at the time of the attack.

Peters was charged with and later convicted of Nieves' murder. He is serving a 55-year sentence for the killing.

Franklin and Peters each were charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of attempted battery and a single count of criminal recklessness for the earlier attack on Nieves and the woman.

Sentencing for Franklin will be argued at a hearing June 17.

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