Porter County Courts
January 28, 2013 5:16PM
Updated: January 28, 2013 11:46PM
Man pleads down to felony robbery
The man who allegedly tried to carjack a woman at a Valparaiso Family Express last January pleaded guilty on Monday in Porter County Superior Court to a lesser offense.
Emil Anthony Lukstein, 46, faces up two to eight years in prison at a March 4 sentencing for his plea to Class C felony robbery, and a misdemeanor battery charge will be dropped.
He’d faced up to 20 years for Class B felony carjacking for the January 2012 incident where he walked out of Porter-Starke Services, where he was an overnight patient, and got into a woman’s car while she was pumping gas.
Lukstein threatened her but couldn’t start the car after she got out, so he took money from her purse.
He fought with two men who pulled him from the car and later told police that he thought they were killing him in Porter-Starke and wouldn’t return his keys and money, but he needed to go see his children in Ohio.
Plea would give woman time served
A Portage woman will likely be sentenced to time served and about four years on probation for selling four types of drugs to undercover informants in three incidents.
Joyce Ann Starks-Neeley, 50, pleaded guilty to Class C felony dealing in a schedule IV drug, and three Class B felony charges of dealing in a schedule I, II or III drug will be dropped if Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford accepts Monday’s plea.
The Class B felonies each carried a sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment.
Starks-Neeley allegedly sold seven Narco pills for $35 in November 2011 while a child was in the hallway of her home, sold 20 Vicodin for $100 in December 2011 and sold five Xanax and eight Methadone for $60 nine days after that.