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Former high school athlete promises fresh start after pleading guilty to theft

Updated: January 11, 2014 10:44PM



Kevin Luellman had the “world by the tail,” his attorney said of the former high school athlete who completed seven semesters of college before a heroin addiction cut short his college career and led to criminal activity.

Defense attorney Susan Severtson said Luellman, 31, of Portage has strong family support and is ready to change after he pleaded guilty to theft and receiving stolen property. His plea agreement, submitted to Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray in December, outlined a two-year sentence, and Severtson sought alternative placement for the few weeks her client has left to serve.

Luellman admitted on Aug. 14 he sold stolen jewelry at AmeriPawn in Lake Station. He also admitted he stole three laptop computers from a car on Aug. 22 that was parked in the 2800 block of McAfee Drive in Hobart. The computers belonged to Hobart public schools.

Deputy prosecutor Brandy Darling argued for prison time, noting that Luellman has one prior felony and three misdemeanor convictions and a pending case in Porter County.

Murray imposed the two-year sentence, which Luellman will serve in Lake County Sheriff’s Work Release.

Luellman said he made poor choices because of his heroin use and apologized to everyone that he affected negatively with his actions. The former Portage High School basketball and golf athlete said he wants to move forward with his life and become a positive member of society.



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