Teen gets seven years for robbery
A 19-year-old Merrillville man with a prior felony conviction was sentenced to seven years in prison for attempted robbery and two years for a probation revocation.
Kyran Jujuan Hawthorne apologized to Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell, his family and the victim for the crime in which Hawthorne and two other individuals tried to steal a pistol from a man at the Go Lo station in the 5200 block of Broadway in Gary.
Hawthorne admitted he and two co-defendants attacked Daniel Torres on May 20 by grabbing him around the waist and trying to steal the gun, which Torres possessed lawfully. Torres sustained a cut on his finger and bruises on his head. Hawthorne ended up being stabbed eight times by Torres during a struggle with the assailants.
Before the sentencing, Hawthorne filed a motion to remove defense attorney Lemuel Stigler from the case, but withdrew the request after Boswell explained to Hawthorne that he had faced six to 20 years on the original charge. The plea agreement outlined the seven-year sentence.
Hawthorne, who has two children, was on probation for resisting law enforcement at the time of the attempted robbery. The two-year sentence will be served consecutively to the seven-year stint.
On Dec. 12, co-defendant Domonta Jarrett, 20, of Gary, was sentenced to four years, with three years served in Lake County Community Corrections and one year suspended and served on probation.
Co-defendant Herman Lamont Banks III, 18, of Gary, has pleaded not guilty in the case, which is set for jury trial starting Jan. 28.
Renter took stove, fridge from home
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Black Oak man who was renting a mobile home when the owner discovered her stove and refrigerator were missing.
Dwayne E. Hollifield, 48, is charged with felony theft.
The victim told Detective JerVean Gates that Hollifield and a woman moved into her trailer in April. On May 15, Hollifield told her “they weren’t going to pay any rent at all,” the probable cause affidavit states.
When the woman went to inspect her property, she discovered the appliances were missing. She told Gates she would give the man time to return the items, but it didn’t happen.