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Updated: November 5, 2012 10:22PM



Man sentenced to time served for fleeing police

Lake Superior Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan sentenced Jamel Curtiz Scott to 160 days in Lake County Jail for resisting law enforcement.

Scott, 41, of Gary, admitted that he bolted from Gary City Court on Aug. 14 while ignoring commands from a law enforcement officer to stop.

Scott had faced two to eight years on a charge of attempted escape, which was dismissed under terms of the plea agreement.

Scott spent 84 days in custody. With day-for-day credit toward his sentence, Scott was released Monday after serving his time.

Sentence will include addiction treatment

Lake Superior Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan sentenced a Lake Station man to seven years in prison for burglary

Sullivan ordered Archie Rex Shelton III, 33, to serve his time in a therapeutic community in the Indiana Department of Correction where he can receive treatment for his addiction.

Shelton admitted he broke the door of a home in the 8200 block of West 127th Place in Cedar Lake with the intention of setting fire to the home. The owner suffered a loss of more than $408,000 in the blaze that occurred between Oct. 31, 2011 and Nov. 1, 2011.

Defense attorney Adam Tavitas argued for a four-year prison sentence in light of Shelton’s admission of guilt. Deputy prosecutor Evelyn Scott said Shelton deserved an aggravated sentence because of his criminal history and the loss sustained by the victim.

Sullivan had Shelton read a letter the victim wrote to the judge. “The effects of your actions are long-term and will last the rest of her life,” Sullivan said of the victim. Shelton apologized to the victim and his family.

In addition to arson, burglary, residential entry, theft and intimidation, charges of theft and intimidation in a separate case also were dropped.

3-year sentence in
sexual misconduct case

A former Lowell man was sentenced to three years for two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Keegan Michael Hernthaisong, 21, of Chesterton, admitted he fondled a 14-year-old girl in June 2010 in Lowell and fondled a second 14-year-old girl between September 2010 and October 2010 in Lowell. The plea agreement called for half of the sentence served in custody and half suspended and served on probation.

“I am sorry to the families involved and to my family for the shame and disgrace I caused,” Hernthaisong told Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.

Hernthaisong had faced two to eight years in one case in which he was charged with child molesting and six to 20 years in a sexual misconduct with a minor case. Under Indiana law, Hernthaisong is not required to register as a sex offender.

Charges filed in Gary shooting incidence

A Chicago man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with attempted aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

George Johnson Jr., 37, is charged in a June 26 shooting in the 500 block of Georgia St., Gary, that wounded Mitchell Glover Jr.

Glover told police that Johnson came out of the residence next door, walked to Glover’s porch, and fired a semi-automatic pistol at him from about 3 feet away. Neighbors called police and then drove Glover to the hospital, where rods and screws were used to repair a broken left arm. Glover still has the bullet lodged in his arm.

The charges are punishable by a maximum 20-year sentence.



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