Jamal Washington mugshot 2019

Jamal Washington's 2019 Lake County Jail booking mugshot on allegations of domestic violence.

CROWN POINT — After six weeks in a Lake County Jail cell, a former county politician has bonded out. 

Lake County Jail staff confirmed that Jamal Washington bonded out Wednesday night. 

Special Lake Criminal Court Judge Jeffrey Thode said Tuesday that Washington could walk free from the Lake County Jail if he could post a $5,000 cash bond over allegations he assaulted and confined Gary City Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade.

Thode also dissolved an earlier order that put an indefinite jail hold on Washington.

Special Lake County Prosecutor Stanley Levco argued unsuccessfully Tuesday that Washington's past criminal history made him too dangerous to release.

The judge also ordered a new hearing April 30 on whether Washington should serve more jail time for violating conditions of probation the judge imposed on Washington last year for an earlier episode of domestic violence.

Previously, Washington, 45, formerly of Merrillville, didn't have $5,000 cash to post bond, defense attorney Thomas Mullins said Tuesday.

Washington had been in jail since Jan. 30, when Gary police arrested him at Sparks-Wade’s home on Martin Luther King Drive after responding to her call for help.

She told police Washington threatened to kill her, battered her and held her against her will in her own home in a fit of rage.

The Gary Common Council voted Feb. 5 to ban Washington from council meetings.

The Lake County elections board vote Feb. 26 to remove Washington’s name as an at-large candidate for Gary Common Council on grounds his detention in the Lake County Jail in Crown Point invalidates him as a Gary resident and makes him ineligible to run on the spring ballot.

Thode could decide as early as April 30 whether Washington’s latest criminal activity requires him to spend more time in jail for violating his latest probation.

He must still face felony charges of domestic battery, intimidation and criminal confinement charges involving his alleged assault on Sparks-Wade. No trial date has been set in that matter.


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