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Hammond man gets probation on charge reduced to battery

Updated: January 9, 2013 6:09AM



A Hammond man who was indicted on charges of rape and criminal deviate conduct pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in exchange for a sentence of one year spent on probation.

Brandon Llanes, 24, whose case was set for trial before Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez starting Monday, admitted he fondled the woman early on Feb. 19, 2011, during a party in a dormitory at Purdue University Calumet. Both Llanes and the woman, who was 18 at the time, had been drinking, Llanes said in response to questions from defense attorney Thomas Mullins.

Deputy prosecutor Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst said the victim wanted the case to be resolved so she could put the matter behind her.

The plea agreement, which was negotiated by Mullins and trial supervisor Kathleen O’Halloran, was solidified after the victim’s deposition on Thursday, Mullins said.

The original indictment alleges the victim was unaware that sexual intercourse and criminal deviate conduct were occurring.

Breitweiser-Hurst said Llanes wrote a letter of apology to the woman.



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