CROWN POINT — A man was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail after he pleaded guilty to attempting to obstruct justice in a separate rape case, which was dismissed last month.
Martinez C. Hollingsworth, 38, admitted in a plea agreement he called the woman at the center of his rape case five times Feb. 9, while he was in custody at the Lake County Jail.
The woman answered one of his calls, and he told her he “would give her everything” if she didn’t “come to court,” Lake Criminal Court records state. Hollingsworth specifically offered her a car and a cellphone.
Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan accepted Hollingsworth’s plea to felony attempted obstruction of justice, a level 6 felony.
In a motion to dismiss Hollingsworth’s rape case, Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Dafoe wrote the victim failed to appear for multiple depositions.
“As a result, the state of Indiana is unable to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt,” the motions states.
Hollingsworth was accused of raping the woman at gunpoint Nov. 25, 2021, and taking her phone after she entered his Hammond apartment to keep warm while waiting for a ride share.
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