CROWN POINT — A Gary woman pleaded guilty last week to strangling an 8-year-old girl for telling other children she had been molested by a man the defendant allowed to live in their home.
Romitchus L. Bowers, 37, would be sentenced to 18 months in jail, which would be suspended in favor of probation if Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez accepts her plea agreement.
Bowers pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of strangulation, a level 6 felony.
Bowers' co-defendant, Jeremy B. Hudson, 23, was sentenced in May to eight years in prison for molesting the girl.
He received a maximum sentence under his plea agreement and must register for life as a sexually violent predator.
Hudson was living with Bowers in Gary when he forced the girl to perform oral sex on him.
When Bowers learned the girl had told other children in the house, she took the girl in a bedroom and choked the girl until the girl could not talk, according to the plea agreement.
At Hudson's sentencing hearing, the girl's current legal guardian told Vasquez the girl was traumatized as a result of the sexual and physical abuse.
The girl continues to have nightmares and wakes up screaming and crying, she said.
Lake County prosecutors crafted Hudson's plea agreement with some leniency, so he would plead guilty instead of forcing the girl to testify at trial, Deputy Prosecutor Tara Villarreal said.
Bowers' sentencing was set for July 28.
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