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Javier A. Zavala

Javier A. Zavala

CROWN POINT — A Griffith man was sentenced Friday to 2.5 years in prison followed by 2.5 years in a work-release program for shooting another man in 2014 in East Chicago.

Javier A. Zavala, 35, pleaded guilty last year to felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury for repeatedly shooting another man June 15, 2014, at a residence in the 3900 block of Deodar Street.

Zavala and the victim allegedly tussled over the defendant's girlfriend, according to The Times archives. The victim threw an object at Zavala's car, and Zavala responded by shooting him in the abdomen, leg and right forearm.

Battery resulting in serious bodily injury is a Class C felony under the old criminal code. It is typically punishable by two to eight years in prison, but parties agreed Zavala would face a maximum six-year sentence under the terms of the plea agreement. The state agreed to dismiss remaining charges of aggravated battery and battery committed with a deadly weapon.

Zavala was serving a two-year probation term at the time of the offense for a 2013 conviction for failure to return to lawful detention.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.