Chicago man gets 46 years for molesting two
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent December 14, 2012 4:10PM
Updated: December 15, 2012 9:46PM
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Chicago man to 46 years in prison for child molesting and attempted sexual misconduct with a minor.
The judge denied requests on behalf of Brandon D. Stewart to grant a new trial, to weigh the verdict against the evidence and to take into consideration newly discovered evidence.
Deputy prosecutor Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst presented evidence against Stewart, 28, who was convicted after about four hours of deliberation.
Vasquez imposed a 33-year sentence for child molesting, a class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years; and 13 years for sexual misconduct with a minor, a class B felony punishable by six to 20 years. Those sentences will be served consecutively. Vasquez imposed five years each for child molesting, class C felony punishable by two to eight years, and sexual misconduct with a minor, a class C felony. Those sentences will be served concurrently with the 46-year sentence.
There were two victims to the crimes, which occurred in Hammond when the children were 12 and 13.
Meanwhile, Gabriella Rosario, 23, who also uses the name Gabriella Stewart, was charged with attempted obstruction of justice after she tried to convince one of the girls, now 16, to recant her testimony. The girl was under such great duress that she attempted suicide, court records state.