Convicted molester says he is not guilty
A former Porter County man continued to assert his innocence Friday as he received a four-year prison sentence for two counts of Class C felony child molesting.
Porter County Superior Court Judge William Alexa sentenced Daniel Aguilar III, 33, currently of San Diego, to two years incarceration and two years probation for each count that the jury found Aguilar guilty of on Oct. 31.
Alexa ruled the sentences served consecutively because each involved a different girl, both younger than 12 at the time, and at different times between 1999 and 2006.
The jury found Aguilar not guilty of three charges of Class A felony child molesting, but Alexa said facts supported the jury’s decision, so he wouldn’t set aside the verdict.
“I’m totally innocent of these charges. I’m definitely going to appeal this,” Aguilar said.
Alexa rejected an additional charge of Class D felony perjury against Aguilar, filed in another court because when Alexa released Aguilar on bond until sentencing, Aguilar said he hadn’t been charged with failure to appear in other courts. He had some failure to appear counts in connection with driving while suspended charges.
Juvenile gets 4 years for robbery
A Valparaiso juvenile waived to adult court for his part in an armed robbery of some neighbors’ apartment received a four-year prison sentence Friday.
Keelon Wright, 18, will also serve three years on probation for the June 2011 incident where he and his older brother, Kyle Wright, 20, of Gary robbed people they thought were selling marijuana.
Kyle Wright received an eight-year sentence May 25. A third man accused of the crime, Christian Brown, 20, of Valparaiso is still in the court system on charges from the incident.
The three had a woman knock on the door, burst in with “do-rags” over their faces and stole about $250 in cash, two Droid cell phones, an iPod touch, a X-Box 360, a laptop computer and a compact disc player when they found no drugs.