CROWN POINT — Attempted murder charges against a Gary man were dropped Tuesday, a day after the man pleaded guilty in a separate case to a felony count of carrying a handgun without a license.
Latroy M. Jones, 41, faces a sentence of one year behind bars and two years on supervised probation if Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray accepts his plea agreement.
Murray set Jones' sentencing hearing for June 17.
Jones was once featured as the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force's fugitive of the week and had been on the Lake County Sheriff's Department Top 10 most-wanted list.
Murray ordered him released from jail Monday, because he had been in custody since October 2018 and will receive credit toward his sentence for time served.
Jones admitted during a hearing Monday he had a handgun when he was stopped Sept. 24, 2012, by a Gary police officer. He knew at the time he was not allowed to carry a handgun, because he had a prior felony conviction for trespass in 2005, defense attorney Adam Tavitas said.
In exchange for Jones' plea, Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Natalie McCandies agreed to drop a charge of resisting law enforcement.
McCandies also told the judge she planned to drop charges in an attempted murder case filed in 2014.
In a motion filed Tuesday, McCandies wrote the victim in that case failed to cooperate with attorneys, leaving the state unable to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Jones was accused of shooting a man in the stomach Dec. 23, 2013, during a fight inside a home they were rehabbing in the 7300 block of Pennsylvania Street.
The man climbed out a window to escape, and Jones fled the area. Medics arrived and transported the man to a local hospital, police said.
At the time of Jones' arrest last year, a Gary officer on the U.S. Marshals Service task force had been actively searching for him since 2014, Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.