Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 23, 2013

Plea granted in 2012 shooting

Jesse R. Luckey sentenced to 15 years in prison.

By Mike Fletcher
Tribune crime reporter

— A man who shot, but did not kill, another man in April 2012 was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Jesse R. Luckey, 26, pleaded guilty to a Class B felony aggravated battery as part of a recommended plea bargain granted by Howard Superior Court 4 Judge George Hopkins.

Victim Charles Glenn Jr., 43, suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest, but has since recovered.

Officers were called to the 700 block of East Taylor Street April 9 after receiving reports that a man was shot.

Upon arrival, officers found Glenn suffering from an apparent gunshot to the chest. Glenn was initially transported to St. Joseph Hospital and then later airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

At the scene, officers were alerted to a silver SUV believed to be involved in the shooting that was still in the area. Officers located the vehicle and pulled it over, but the suspect had already fled.

Acting on tips, police say they located Luckey about four hours later in an abandoned residence in the 1900 block of East Murden Street. He was taken into custody without a struggle.

Kokomo police initially charged Luckey with Class A felony attempted murder and a Class B felony aggravated battery.

The attempted murder charge was dismissed in January before the first plea was filed, which was rejected by the judge because it was too lenient, according to court records.

Luckey has been in jail since his April arrest. He was given credit for 354 days he spent in jail prior to sentencing.