CROWN POINT — A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter in connection with a 2015 shooting outside Murphy's House of Pain bar in Gary that left one man dead and wounded another.
Christopher M. Godines, 31, could face 10 to 30 years in prison if Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray accepts his plea during a sentencing hearing set for Aug. 20.
Defense attorney Lonnie Randolph II and Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Jacob Brandewie will argue Godines' sentence. The advisory sentence on a level 2 felony count of voluntary manslaughter is 17½ years, records show.
Godines last year rejected a plea agreement that would have resulted in a 10-year prison sentence.
Since that time, Godines was charged with two counts of felony battery after allegedly spraying a bleach solution in a correctional officer's eyes Jan. 5 at the Lake County Jail. Godines also was facing a 2011 burglary charge.
In exchange for Godines' plea to voluntary manslaughter, prosecutors agreed to dismiss murder and attempted murder charges linked to the shooting death of 20-year-old Jonathan Farries, of Gary, on June 24, 2015, outside Murphy's House of Pain in Gary's Miller section. Prosecutors also agreed to drop charges linked to the January jail incident and the 2011 burglary case, according to a plea agreement.
Godines admitted he fired multiple shots into a green Blazer occupied by Farries and a Merrillville man, striking Farries in the head, the plea agreement states.
Godines was charged in the shooting in March 2017 after another defendant accused of assisting in the bar shooting agreed to cooperate with the state's prosecution. The witness identified Godines as Farries' killer, records state.