Gary man pleads guilty to 2 separate burglaries

2014-04-15T18:00:00Z 2014-04-15T23:48:16Z Gary man pleads guilty to 2 separate burglariesLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
April 15, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A Gary man on Tuesday admitted he burglarized a home last year while he was free on bond in a separate burglary case.

Gregory Joseph Parrish, 20, pleaded guilty in Lake Criminal Court to two felony burglary charges and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Parrish was first charged April 16, 2013, with a Class C felony in connection with a burglary in Griffith. Parrish originally was booked with a $20,000 bond in that case. His bond was reduced April 26, 2013, and he was released from the Lake County Jail.

While out on bond, Parrish was arrested again in connection with a burglary Aug. 21 in Gary. He was charged with Class B felony burglary, Class C felony burglary and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

He has been held in the Lake County Jail on $100,000 bond since August.

Parrish pleaded guilty to two Class C felony burglary charges. Lake County prosecutors agreed to reduce the Class B felony burglary charge in the Gary crime as part of a plea agreement.

Because he committed the second burglary while out on bond, Parrish must serve his prison sentences consecutively, or one after the other, Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez said during proceedings Tuesday.

Each guilty plea carries a maximum sentence of five years, according to the plea agreement.

Vasquez ordered that Parrish be evaluated for the Lake County Community Corrections program prior to his sentencing hearing May 15.

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