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Porter County Courts

Updated: November 19, 2012 11:10PM



VALPARAISO

Second case with teenage girl

A Valparaiso man pleaded guilty Monday to committing sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old girl while he was waiting on court dates for pursuing a 15-year-old while he was 23.

Mark E. Laing, 25, will have a six-year cap on incarceration at a Jan. 14 sentencing if Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford accepts his plea to Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

A B felony carries a sentence of up to 20 years, and probation revocation for the earlier case could extend it.

In the most recent case, Laing was 24 when picked up the freshman at her high school in early March 2011 and touched her sexually in a secluded fishing area.

He pleaded guilty to Class D felony child solicitation March 14, 2011, and was sentenced in May 2011 to three years of time served in Porter County Jail and probation.

Porter County

Man sentenced for his role in fight

A Porter County man has pleaded guilty to his part in a fight in which he knocked a man out.

Bradley R. Wilson, 28, was also sentenced Monday in Porter County Superior Court to three years for his plea to Class D felony criminal recklessness, a combination of 202 days served in Porter County Jail and the rest on probation. As part of the plea, a Class C felony battery charge was dismissed for the March 17 incident.

Wilson, who was with the victim’s son, kicked the victim in the head during a fight that happened after the victim told his son that Woodland Village Mobile Home Park’s management doesn’t allow him in the park anymore.

Wilson and the son began the physical altercation, court records state.

Man admits drunk driving death

There’s a four-year cap on jail time when a Center Township man is sentenced on Jan. 3 for killing a motorcyclist in a drunk driving accident.

David C. Corbett, 61, pleaded guilty in Porter County Superior Court to one of the three class C felonies against him, driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level at least .08 and causing the death of another.

Corbett, whose license was suspended, had a blood alcohol level of .10 in June 2011 just after his silver 1995 Mitsubishi SUV hit and killed Howard Schwartz, 61, of Rockville, Ind.

Corbett admitted to police that he was driving back from Michigan and had two beers in Westville before he blew a stop sign at County Road 600S and Indiana 49 and hit Schwartz’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Portage

Gang member was afraid of cops

Trying to create an atmosphere of fear of gangs in a Portage apartment complex by attacking a man will likely earn a Valparaiso man a three-year sentence Jan.14 in Porter County Superior Court.

Christopher O. Driver, 25, and a group of three others approached the man in November 2011 while he was walking on Canden Avenue to pick up his daughter up at the bus stop, and they asked what gang he is with. When he ignored them, they assaulted him, and Driver said he was a gang enforcer.

Driver has Latin King affiliations, but the group seemed to be creating a hybrid gang, court files state.

The plea agreement calls for a year incarceration for probation violations from a 2005 burglary conviction, a year for Class D felony criminal gang activity and a year for misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Driver told police he ran and hid in a bathtub when they came because he was afraid, court records state.



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