CROWN POINT — A judge denied to reduce bond Monday for a former Lake County councilman charged in a domestic battery case and simply said "no" to a last-ditch request that he be released on an ankle monitor.

Jamal Washington, 45, appeared in custody Monday before Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell, who said Washington's history of domestic abuse shows he's a danger to the community.

Washington's bond remains set at $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash on February charges alleging he beat and threatened to kill Gary Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade while holding her against her will Jan. 29 and 30.

He's also being held without bond pending a hearing Tuesday on the state's petition to revoke his probation in a 2017 case. In that case, he was convicted of misdemeanor battery and interference with reporting a crime.

Washington is accused of violating probation in the 2017 case because of the alleged attack on Sparks-Wade, who is running for mayor of Gary.

Washington's court-appointed attorney, Thomas Mullins, asked Boswell to consider releasing Washington on his own recognizance or significantly reducing his bond.

Washington would live with his brother in Gary if released, and the family can afford to pay a $1,000 bond, Mullins said. The former county councilman and one-time Gary City Council candidate is not currently employed, but has an opportunity to find work if released, Mullins said.

Mullins said Washington's history includes only misdemeanor convictions, but Boswell pointed out the cases all involve domestic abuse. 

Mullins said Washington isn't a threat to the community and Washington's ex-wife — a victim in a 2015 case in which he pleaded guilty — has recently been "his biggest backer."

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The Lake County prosecutor's office filed a motion seeking a higher-than-standard bond, but Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Arnold said Monday the state was asking Washington's bond remained unchanged.

"He has been subject to seven different protective orders, at least one of which was for his ex-wife," she said.

Boswell denied Washington's request for a bond reduction.

Mullins asked her to consider releasing Washington on an ankle monitor. 

Boswell appeared to think for a minute and said, "No."

Washington's next hearing is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday before Special Judge Jeffrey Thode in Boswell's courtroom.

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