Whiting man sentenced to 180 years in prison for 1998 ‘drug-fueled frenzy’ killing of woman, 2 teens

Whiting man sentenced to 180 years in prison for 1998 ‘drug-fueled frenzy’ killing of woman, 2 teens

CROWN POINT, Ind. — A choose sentenced a Lake County man to 180 years in jail Friday for killing a lady and two teenage boys discovered bludgeoned to demise in 1998 in a home in northwest Indiana.

James H. Higgason III, 52, of Whiting, was sentenced to a few phrases of 60 years every, to be served consecutively.

He was discovered responsible Could 27 of homicide and homicide in the course of the fee of a theft. He has stated he’ll enchantment.

Prosecutors alleged Higgason and David Copley, 47, beat Elva Tamez, 36, Jerod Hodge, 18, of Chicago; and Timothy Ross, 16, of Calumet Metropolis, Illinois, to demise on Jan. 18, 1998, on the girl’s Hammond dwelling with items of wooden or metallic pipes, courtroom data acknowledged. They had been making an attempt to get medicine and money, prosecutors stated.

The victims had their skulls bashed in a drug-fueled “frenzy,” Deputy Lake County Prosecuting Legal professional Jovanni Miramontes has stated.

Protection attorneys Mark Gruenhagen and Matthew Fech stated the proof in opposition to Higgason was skinny and Copley wasn’t credible as a result of he reached a take care of prosecutors in trade for his testimony.

Copley pleaded responsible to Hodge’s homicide final 12 months and was sentenced to 45 years in jail. In trade for his testimony, prosecutors dropped two different homicide fees.

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