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Man, 35, admits in plea deal he pepper-sprayed, handcuffed and beat his estranged wife

Man, 35, admits in plea deal he pepper-sprayed, handcuffed and beat his estranged wife

CROWN POINT — A 35-year-old man will face 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to criminal confinement in his wife's attack last summer at her Gary home.

Larry G. Vickery admitted in a plea agreement filed Friday in Lake Criminal Court he pepper-sprayed, handcuffed and beat his estranged wife July 6, 2017, at her home in the 4600 block of Taney Place.

Vickery attacked the woman with his two daughters and son nearby, the agreement states. The 3-year-old boy was examined by EMTs due to concerns he was exposed to the pepper spray.

The defendant fled the scene after the attack, but later called his mother and said he planned to kill his wife and “go out with a boom” on television, according to the agreement.

Vickery was charged July 11, 2017, in Lake Criminal Court with attempted murder, two counts of criminal confinement and four felony counts of domestic battery.

He was already facing charges in two separate cases in Lake Criminal Court of battery, strangulation, intimidation and invasion of privacy. The wife was the victim in both of those cases, records state.

Vickery surrendered himself to authorities July 12, 2017.

Vickery pleaded guilty Friday to criminal confinement, a Level 3 felony, in a plea agreement with the state. The Lake County prosecutor's office agreed to dismiss all remaining charges from his three pending criminal cases.

A Level 3 felony is typically punishable by three to 16 years in prison, but parties agreed he would face a maximum sentence of 12 years at sentencing.

A jury trial for Aug. 27 was canceled. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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