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CROWN POINT — A Calumet City man admitted in a plea agreement he shot a woman in the leg two years ago because he thought she had disrespected his girlfriend as all of them smoked marijuana in a car in East Chicago.

Isaiah Escutia, 20, pleaded guilty Aug. 26 to a level 3 felony count of aggravated battery in the shooting April 23, 2017, near 144th Street and Tod Avenue.

A level 3 felony charge typically carries a sentence of three to 16 years in prison, with an advisory sentence of nine years. 

Defense attorneys John Cantrell and Mark Gurenhagen and Lake County prosecutors agreed to cap Escutia's maximum sentence at 10 years, according to a plea agreement.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez scheduled a sentencing hearing for Oct. 3.

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Escutia was charged in May 2017 with attempted murder, three counts of felony battery and pointing a firearm. Prosecutors agreed to dismissed the remaining counts in exchange for Escutia's plea.

Police alleged Escutia shot the woman after she argued with Escutia's girlfriend over marijuana.

The woman was treated for torn ligaments and a shattered kneecap, court records say. She underwent surgery, has a large scar on her leg and can no longer stand for long periods of time.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

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