Cedar Lake man could get life without parole for murder charge
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent December 7, 2012 4:34PM
Anthony LaPorta. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 9, 2013 6:10AM
Prosecutors are seeking a life without parole sentence for a Cedar Lake man charged with murder in perpetration of a burglary in the stabbing and slashing death of his neighbor.
If convicted, Anthony Peter LaPorta could face a life sentence if convicted of felony murder in the death of Adam Kendall Giordano, 32, who was stabbed numerous times and his throat cut on July 11, 2012. LaPorta, 24, is accused of setting fire to the Giordano home in the 14700 block of Cline Avenue after the homicide.
Investigators retrieved surveillance footage from a camera that showed LaPorta dressed in black carrying items from the direction of Giordano’s home. He was wearing different clothing the second time he’s shown on the footage.
In a statement to police, LaPorta admitted that he had broken into the home not knowing that Giordano was there, the probable cause affidavit states. Giordano confronted him and asked what he was doing. LaPorta told police Giordano came at him. LaPorta responded by stabbing Giordano several times, then cutting his throat before setting the house on fire.
Meanwhile, LaPorta’s attorney, Michael Stryjewski, filed a motion to withdraw his appearance based on nonpayment of fees totaling more than $16,000.
Stryjewski’s motion said he met with LaPorta at the Lake County Jail before Friday’s hearing and discussed the state’s intention to file a life without parole sentencing enhancement and a potential plea offer that would require sentences near the maximum on the murder case and a separate sexual misconduct with a minor case. LaPorta “rejected the plea offer and was unmoved by the life without parole enhancement,” Stryjewski wrote.
Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell ordered the public defender’s office to appoint an attorney to represent LaPorta, whose next hearing is Jan. 2.