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Hammond teen sentenced to 50-year prison term

Updated: August 13, 2013 6:37AM



Lake Superior Court Judge pro tem J. Philip McGraw sentenced a Hammond teen to 50 years in prison for raping three women and battering a fourth victim.

Dedrick Dewayne Johnson, who was 15 at the time of the attacks, wanted to postpone the sentencing hearing for one week but McGraw, who is filling in for Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr., denied the request.

None of Johnson’s victims was present in court or submitted a written victim-impact statement, deputy prosecutor Michelle Jatkiewicz said.

Johnson admitted he raped a woman on Jan. 20, 2011, near Gostlin Street and Hohman Avenue in Hammond as she was walking home from the gas station. He threatened to kill the woman and told her he had a “burner” and would use it.

Johnson admitted he raped a woman on Feb. 24, 2011, near Hohman Avenue and Gostlin Street, and choked her because she was removing her clothes too slowly.

Johnson also admitted he attacked a woman on Feb. 14, 2011, near Renaissance Apartments in Hammond as she was walking home from work. “We might as well make this fun, have a good time,” he told the woman.

DNA analysis by the Indiana State Police lab linked Johnson to all three rapes.

Johnson also admitted to a Christmas 2010 assault on a woman on Hohman Avenue near the South Shore station in Hammond. He hit the woman on the left side of the nose. She suffered a broken nose and bruises to her eyes and right side of her body.

Johnson, 17, showed no remorse at the hearing.

Had he gone to trial and been convicted, Johnson would have faced 94 to 180 years in prison.



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