Man pleads guilty to shooting his ex’s new boyfriend while the child was in the car | Crime and courts
CROWN POINT – A man from Hammond admitted last week that he shot his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend with a shotgun in 2019 while his 1-year-old and the child’s mother were in a vehicle with the victim, according to court records.
Francisco J. Tequimila, 21, pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a lethal weapon, a level 5 felony.
If Lake Criminal Court judge Samuel Cappas accepts Tequimila’s plea deal, Tequimila would be sentenced to four years, all suspended in favor of probation.
In return for Tequimila’s plea, Lake County prosecutors agreed to dismiss her remaining charges in the alleged shooting, a methamphetamine possession case and a domestic assault and battery case.
Tequimila agreed to take anger management advice and confiscate a firearm seized as part of the investigation.
He admitted in his plea agreement that he had an argument with the child’s mother and boyfriend on October 7, 2019, when they arrived to collect the child’s clothes in the 6500 block of Jefferson Avenue in Hammond.
Tequimila took a shotgun and said to the boyfriend, “I’m going to kill you.” He fired as the couple left, records show.
The victim’s arm and left hand were injured.
Cappas scheduled Tequimila’s sentencing for July 23.