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Hammond

Three years for home burglary

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a 20-year-old Hammond man to three years in prison for burglary,

Kyle Austin Lazzell pleaded with the judge for another chance to show he could get his life on track and said the medication he’s been taking while in the jail has helped him think more clearly.

Lazzell, who has two juvenile adjudications, two prior misdemeanor convictions and one prior felony, admitted he stole Jon Shupe’s credit card, cell phone, ring, gold necklace and watch on June 6 from the man’s home in the 3300 block of 163rd Avenue, Hammond.

Defense attorney Gojko Kasich said Lazzell’s grandmother, with whom his client has lived most of his life, has bent over backwards to help Lazzell, but he continues to do stupid things. Kasich said Lazzell would be a good candidate for the Lake County Community Transition Court, which would give him structure and keep him focused on achieving his goals.

Deputy prosecutor Christine Parry argued for a three-year sentence, noting Lazzell failed probation in his attempted theft case and a petition to expel him from Lake County Community Corrections was filed.

Merrillville

Man sentenced for role in crime

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a 20-year-old Merrillville man to 18 months on probation for assisting a criminal.

Christopher Cutrell Smith admitted he drove a car while co-defendant Dennis Montez Ward allegedly dragged the victim, Nykia Shaw, into a car on May 26 near the intersection of 61st Avenue and Cleveland Street in Merrillville. Ward then battered Shaw, causing serious bodily injuries.

Smith told the judge that Shaw walked up to the car and swung at Ward. Smith said he jumped into the car to stop it at the intersection, then drove Shaw home.

Smith had faced six to 20 years for attempted aggravated battery.

Ward, 21, of Merrillville, has pleaded not guilty to attempted aggravated battery, criminal confinement, battery, strangulation, criminal recklessness and other charges.

East Chicago

Copper thief in alternative program

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a 20-year-old East Chicago man to three years in an alternative program for burglary.

Christopher Lemar Jordan will serve his time in Lake County Community Corrections. He admitted he stole about 50 feet of copper wire from a building in the 4900 block of Homerlee Avenue, East Chicago. The break-in occurred Aug. 5. Jordan admitted he stole the copper to sell it and rent a motel room.

Jordan faced six to 20 years on two counts of burglary.

Chicago man admits dealing coke

A Chicago man has been sentenced to six years for dealing in cocaine.

Leon Lonell Horn, 26, who also lists addresses in Crete, Ill., and East Chicago, admitted on Feb. 8, 2011, he delivered cocaine in exchange for money to a confidential informant on Feb. 8, 2011 in the 1400 block of Carroll Street.

Horn’s plea agreement indicates the .45-caliber pistol confiscated during his arrest will be destroyed and the $3,062 confiscated during the arrest will be forfeited to Hammond police.



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