Updated: May 17, 2013 11:33PM
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a 19-year-old man to four years for robbery.
Darren Heads of East Chicago admitted he approached a 17-year-old boy who was walking home from school with his school-issued laptop on Oct. 14, 2011.
Near 142nd Avenue and Indianapolis Boulevard in East Chicago, Heads pointed something in the teen’s side and said, “Give me your laptop or I will pop you.”
As the victim was handing over the laptop, Heads punched the teen in the face.
Defense attorney Angela Jones said her client has no criminal history, has accepted responsibility and is remorseful for his actions. He spent 111 days in Lake County Jail, during which he missed the birth of his daughter, Jones said.
Deputy prosecutor Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst argued for the maximum five-year sentence outlined in the plea agreement. She noted that the city had been plagued with several similar robberies involving school laptops that ended after Heads’ arrest. Heads was not charged in any of the other cases.
Vasquez said he placed great weight on the support Heads has from his mother, who testified on his behalf, but found it appalling that Heads would punch the high school student during the robbery.
Two years of Heads’ sentence will be served in Lake County Community Corrections after he’s released from prison.