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Clark Co. judge shot outside Indy White Castle pleads guilty

Posted: 2:41 PM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 20:38:41-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — A southern Indiana judge charged in connection with a fight and shooting outside a White Castle in downtown Indianapolis in May pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of battery resulting in bodily injury and received a suspended sentence of 365 days in jail.

According to court records, the plea agreement was filed Monday in Marion Superior Court between prosecutors and Clark County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Adams. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss six additional charges against Adams.

The dismissed charges included two counts of battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, one count of battery resulting in bodily injury, two counts of battery and one count of disorderly conduct, according to court records.

According to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Adams received a suspended sentence of 365 days to the misdemeanor charge.

The criminal charges were filed against Adams on June 28. The same day the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed a notice of criminal charges and request for suspension with the Indiana Supreme Court. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued an order suspending Adams that same day.

Both Adams and fellow Clark County Circuit Court Judge Brad Jacobs were shot and wounded in the early morning hours May 1 in the parking lot of a White Castle restaurant not far from Lucas Oil Stadium. Jacobs was not charged.

Police said the two judges had visited several downtown restaurants and bars in the hours leading up to the shooting. Around 3 a.m., police said the group tried to enter a bar, but it was closed so they went to a nearby White Castle and Adams and Jacobs were shot after an altercation with another group.

Two other people are facing charges stemming from the incident. Alfredo Vazquez is facing seven counts including battery and disorderly conduct. Brandon Kaiser is facing 14 counts including aggravated battery, battery, disorderly conduct and carrying a handgun without a license.

According to the prosecutor's office, Adams admitted to kicking Kaiser during the altercation.

The prosecutor's office said the same plea agreement has been offered to Vazquez in the case.