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Prisoner pleads guilty to ’94 rape

Jaime Miguel Cordero

Jaime Miguel Cordero

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Updated: April 16, 2014 6:08AM



A Hammond man serving a 45-year prison term for a Munster burglary and sexual assault has pleaded guilty in a nearly 20-year-old case to breaking into a Dyer home and raping a woman.

Jaime M. Cordero, 50, admitted that he entered the house in the 1300 block of Knighthood Street in August 1994 through an unlocked door from the garage and attacked the woman when she came home, binding her with duct tape and raping her, authorities said.

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell took the plea agreement under advisement and scheduled a March 19 sentencing hearing. The agreement also calls for dismissal of a separate case charging Cordero with two counts of fraud and two counts of identity deception.

Cordero’s plea to a charge of burglary resulting in bodily injury in the cold case calls for a 30-year sentence, which would be served concurrently to his term from the Munster burglary and sexual assault that occurred in June 2002.

Cordero had faced 20 to 50 years for the Munster case and also consecutive sentencing.

The Dyer crime was similar to the one for which Cordero was convicted Oct. 25 during a jury trial. In that case, the homeowner was doing yard work at her Margo Lane house, and as she went inside, Cordero attacked her, prosecutors said.

They said he slammed her to the floor, taped her eyes, hands and mouth and threatened to kill her if she resisted.

Authorities suspected Cordero in about a dozen similar burglary-rape crimes, but he was charged in only two of them after being identified through a “hit” in the national DNA database.



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