Woman's plan to avoid sentencing foiled

2014-06-20T16:15:00Z 2014-06-21T21:09:04Z Woman's plan to avoid sentencing foiledBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | An attempt by a Portage woman to avoid being sentenced for shooting and injuring a man in a South Haven bar nearly two years ago was foiled Friday.

After being picked up on a warrant for failing to show up to her original sentencing hearings, 47-year-old Jeannette Gibbs was sentenced Friday to two years behind bars, to be followed by two years on probation.

Prosecutors and probation had sought a three-year prison term.

Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa carried out sentencing only after Gibbs agreed to remove a cap of four years of prison time from her plea agreement.

The move exposed her to the potential of an eight-year sentence.

Gibbs pleaded guilty to shooting a man during the early morning hours of Sept. 21, 2012, at the Sportsman's Lounge on U.S. 6.

Witnesses told police Gibbs was upset the man was being friendly with another woman. She pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, striking him in the leg.

Gibbs was shot in the shoulder during a struggle with the man for the gun, police said.

She pleaded guilty to a felony battery count, in return for prosecutors dropping charges of criminal recklessness and possessing a handgun without a license. She then failed to show for sentencing hearings in April and May.

Gibbs told the judge last week she had not fled the area, but was a short distance away from the courthouse, helping her daughter who had just had a baby.

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