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Judge sends Michigan City man to alternative program for burglary, theft

Updated: November 3, 2013 9:06PM



A Michigan City man was sentenced to four years in an alternative program and more than seven years on probation for burglary, theft and residential entry.

James Randall Deweese, 30, was beaten by the Merrillville homeowner who found him on Aug. 14, 2012, inside his bedroom on Clay Street with a jar of coins in his hands. Deweese lapsed into a coma for 10 days. He told Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. he was incredibly ashamed of what he did.

Deweese also must pay $3,700 in restitution to a victim in the 4600 block of East 101st Avenue in Merrillville whose front door was damaged on March 11.

Deweese admitted he and another individual on March 11 went into a home in the 8700 block of Tyler Street in Merrillville, and stole jewelry, a watch and jewelry box.

Defense attorney R. Brian Woodward said his client sought drug treatment, has been employed, regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and is not the same person he was while he was using heroin.

Deputy prosecutor Monica Rogina asked for a 10-year sentence, noting that Deweese had been on probation before for misdemeanor convictions.

Stefaniak imposed a 10-year sentence on the burglary and 18 months for theft and residential entry. After he is released from the Lake County Community Corrections, Deweese will spend 71/2 years on probation.



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