Chicago woman gets 10 years for carjacking in Merrillville
Post-Tribune staff report July 25, 2012 2:18PM
A Chicago woman serving a 19-year sentence in an Illinois attempted murder case was sentenced Wednesday to an additional 10 years in prison for a Merrillville carjacking.
Carolyn D. Wright, 39, told Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell she had learned many lessons and had been working to get her life on track through classes she’s been taking at Dwight Correctional Center in Illinois.
Defense attorney Casey McCloskey argued for leniency in light of his client’s admission of guilt to the carjacking charge. McCloskey asked Boswell to impose a sentence to run concurrently with the Illinois term, where Wright must serve 85 percent of her time.
The plea agreement spelled out the 10-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction.
Deputy prosecutor Michael Haynes noted that Wright has crimes of violence in her background and argued for consecutive sentencing.
Wright admitted she and two unidentified women attacked Theodore Dixon in the parking lot of his Merrillville apartment, stole his car keys, threw him in the trunk of his car and Wright drove away in Dixon’s car.
Under Indiana law, inmates with good behavior receive day-for-day credit in most cases.