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Man arranges to have friend robbed, gets 14-month sentence

Updated: July 20, 2012 10:00PM



Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. imposed a 14-month sentence for a 21-year-old man who set up a friend for an armed robbery.

The judge ordered Hector Luis Martinez III to serve two months in Lake County Community Corrections day-reporting program, and ordered the remaining 12 months served on probation. Martinez pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal.

Martinez admitted on Feb. 23, 2011, he was at the residence of Carissa Trevino in the 500 block of 169th Street, Hammond, and contacted co-defendants Jose Maria Perez and Jaime Lee Villarreal about robbing Trevino.

The two men arrived while Martinez was still there and demanded cell phones from Martinez and Trevino. One of the men was armed with a gun. The men took Martinez’s cell phone was to make it look like he didn’t know who was robbing Trevino.

Defense attorney Herbert Shaps noted his client agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of his two co-defendants. Martinez landed a good job at the Ford plant in Illinois and is remorseful for his actions.

Deputy prosecutor Angela Mattozzi argued for an 18-month sentence in prison.

Martinez had faced six to 20 years on the original robbery and burglary charges.

Perez, who had prior criminal convictions, was sentenced to 50 months in prison.

Villarreal pleaded guilty in two other felony cases and the robbery case was dismissed.



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