Hammond woman gets prison term for dealing heroin
BY RUTH ANN KRAUSE Post-Tribune correspondent September 27, 2013 2:58PM
Updated: September 30, 2013 10:50PM
A former Hammond woman has been sentenced to 16 years for two counts of dealing in a narcotic drug.
Sapphire Levell Blake, 27, of Calumet City, Ill., will serve eight years in prison, followed by eight years in Lake County Community Corrections, under the penalty handed down by Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell.
Blake admitted she sold 10 plastic bags containing heroin for $100 on Aug. 14, 2012, in the 900 block of 177th Place in Hammond. The deal was made with a confidential informant. Blake also admitted she sold 15 plastic bags containing heroin for $120 to a confidential informant. That deal occurred in the 7000 block of Tapper Avenue in Hammond.
The plea agreement outlined the prison term on one of the charges and allowed attorneys to argue where Blake would serve her sentence on the second charge.
Defense attorney Eduardo Fontanez noted his client has been preparing to take her GED test and has completed several other classes while in the Lake County Jail. He said Blake’s husband died and she was desperate to provide for the family, which includes three children ages 12 and younger.
Deputy prosecutor Michael Toth asked for a 12-year prison term, noting Blake’s criminal history began in 2010 in Cook County, Ill.
Blake said she regrets the decision she made to get involved in drugs and told Boswell she has turned around her life.
Blake had faced 20 to 50 years on the original charges, which were dismissed along with a separate case of possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony punishable by a maximum three-year sentence.