CROWN POINT | A Merrillville man pleaded guilty to allegations he shot a man twice in 2012 and then climbed up a tree to avoid police apprehension, according to court records.
Wyatt Guy Hogue, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery, a Class B felony, and escape, a Class C felony, according to the plea agreement. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of attempted murder, two counts of criminal confinement and four counts of criminal recklessness.
According to the agreement, on Dec. 23, 2012, Hogue went to Jamie Henderson's Griffith home and demanded to speak to his son. Henderson took Hogue to the basement where his son was with four other people.
Hogue shot Henderson in his penis and in his right thigh, according to the agreement. He was arrested by Griffith officers after witnesses in the home held Hogue down.
He was treated at Community Hospital in Munster, and then ran away from an officer after he was released, according to the agreement. Hogue was apprehended by a Hammond police K-9 after he fell from a tree.
He will be sentenced July 2.