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Probation for breaking nose

A Hammond man was placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution to the woman whose nose he broke during a domestic dispute.

Gerard Magee, 47, admitted he pushed Tina Nystrom against the wall and began to hit her on June 2 at the woman’s apartment in the 4100 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, East Chicago. Nystrom suffered a broken nose and bruises to her face, scalp and neck.

Magee pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness in the case. He told Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez that Nystrom had pushed him over a recliner and struck him eight or nine times before he got up and struck her.

Defense attorney Shane O’Donnell said his client has no prior felony convictions and one prior misdemeanor. Deputy prosecutor Jose Vega said the victim’s main concern was that Magee pay her medical bills.

Magee had faced two to eight years on the original battery charge, which was dismissed.

Highland

30 months for having oxycodone

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a 22-year-old Highland man to 30 months in prison for possession of a controlled substance.

Daniel Ryan Harrington admitted he had an oxycodone pill in his possession without a prescription at about 4:30 p.m. July 26, 2011, when he came into contact with an individual who was working with Highland police at a home on Grand Boulevard in Highland. The home is less than 1,000 feet from Grand Park.

Harrington had faced 20 to 50 years on the original charge of dealing in a controlled substance, which was dismissed. He has a prior conviction for robbery.



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