TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - One Terre Haute man wanted in a Sunday stabbing appeared in court Thursday.
Police arrested Jeremiah LaMaster Wednesday. This, after police held a 45-minute standoff with the man.
Jeremiah LaMaster has a family who says they've been with him through thick and thin.
"He's just a good guy, he didn't do it. He's totally innocent," said Jodie Meeks, LaMaster's fiancée.
'It' being a standoff with police, in connection with a weekend stabbing.
"They see Jeremiah's past. And Jeremiah's had a really rough past. He's done a lot of bad things but he shouldn't be judged by his past anymore...he finally feels he's starting to make an impact, doing something with his life. He feels like he's living for something now," said Jamie LaMaster, LaMaster's sister.
Jodi said he didn't hear it the police bullhorn they used to coax him out of his home.
"He came out. He was asleep the whole time. He had no idea," said Jodi.
LaMaster's does have a lengthy criminal history.
In 2007, a judge sentenced him to 4 years and six months in prison for reckless homicide.
That stemmed from a 2006 incident where police say he shot to death 23-year-old David Thompson.
"It was an accident. We wanted to clarify that first off," said Jamie.
But his family insists he's changed.
"Like she said, he would give the shirt off his back just to help someone. They go without sometimes just so other people don't have to," said Jamie.
"He's a family man. We're getting ready to get married. He's settled down. He's a great person, he really is," said Jodi.
LaMaster faces charges including aggravated battery and criminal recklessness.
He's scheduled to appear in court again June 27.
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