Hammond couple sentenced for 2011 shooting

2014-04-16T21:45:00Z 2014-04-16T22:58:05Z Hammond couple sentenced for 2011 shootingLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 16, 2014 9:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man and his wife were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the near-fatal shooting of a man in a Hammond parking lot in 2011.

Thomas Allen Beavers, 30, pleaded guilty to Class B felony aggravated battery and received a 15-year sentence with eight of those years to be served in prison, two in the Community Corrections program and five on probation.

Jessica Lynn Zartuche Beavers, 28, pleaded guilty to Class D felony assisting a criminal and was sentenced to three years in the Lake County sheriff’s women’s work-release program, with 18 months suspended and to be served on probation.

On the day of the shooting, Jessica Lynn Zartuche and the victim were in court in a dispute over their two children, according to court documents. At that time, she was Beavers’ girlfriend, and the victim had another girlfriend with whom he also had a child, court documents say.

After the court hearing, Beavers and Zartuche and the victim, his girlfriend and their child ended up in the same parking lot at Nick’s Liquors in the 6800 block of Calumet Avenue in Hammond, court records state.

A confrontation ensued. As Beavers and Zartuche pulled out of the parking lot, Beavers shot the other man twice and sped off, according to a stipulated plea agreement. The victim nearly died and suffered permanent disabling injuries.

Zartuche participated by getting out of the vehicle and hiding the gun and a full magazine of bullets in bushes, court documents state.

“They chose not to exit through the alley, but to go by him (the victim) and shoot him,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michael Toth said. “That gun could have been found by any little kid.”

Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell called the entire event “unfortunate for everyone.”

“Young people can’t react without thinking,” she said.

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