Merrillville man admits killing girlfriend’s mom, brother

A northwestern Indiana man faces up to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty in the fatal shootings of his girlfriend’s brother and mother.

Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Stewart pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter and reckless homicide charges in the December 2017 killings. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss murder charges and firearm enhancements Stewart had also faced.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reported that if a Lake County judge accepts Stewart’s plea at a Sept. 12 hearing, the Merrillville man would face consecutive prison terms of 17 years and six years on the charges.

Authorities say Stewart killed 27-year-old Ryan Halbe and 55-year-old Candy Halbe at the woman’s Merrillville home during an argument over Stewart’s disciplining of his 7-year-old son.

Stewart was arrested after police found him hiding nearby in a shed.

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