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Porter County courts

Updated: April 24, 2013 6:23AM



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$50 cocaine deal nets prison for woman

A Lake Station woman will have to do 30 days of community service and spend the remainder of three years after that on probation for delivering cocaine in Porter County.

Sherry Renee Fitzgerald-Pace, 49, met a Porter County Drug Task Force informant behind a Portage business on U.S. 6, getting off the back of a motorcycle to sell him 0.59 grams of cocaine for $50 on May 4.

She originally faced up to 20 years in prison on a Class B felony charge of dealing in cocaine, but she pleaded guilty to Class D felony possession of cocaine.

Schererville man gets 8 years for burglary

After a Schererville man finishes a Lake County sentence, he has another eight years of prison for a Portage burglary where the homeowner found his German shepherd dead.

Shawn Anthony Craft, 38, didn’t receive any probation time for his plea to Class C felony burglary, just the maximum prison time a Class C felony carries.

He originally faced a Class B felony burglary charge and up to 20 years in prison for the February 2010 crime.

Craft broke a laundry room window on the house and stole a computer, camera, gold coins, jewelry, speakers, a sportscard display, a Playstation 3, DVDs and electronics.

An anonymous caller turned him into police, and he told police the dog was already dead when he broke in.

3rd man sentenced
for theft of truck

The last of three Portage young men who beat another young man and stole his truck in 2010 were sentenced Friday to time served.

Alexx E. Frank, 20, has served 66 days in Porter County Jail by the time of his sentencing to three years total, and the remaining time will be served on probation.

He’ll also have to get a mental health evaluation and comply with any recommendations from that.

The incident happened in August 2010 when a juvenile female asked a neighbor for a ride, and after the neighbor got his keys from inside his home, he found Frank and brothers Michael and Jamal Gould had loaded their bikes into the back of the 1998 green Toyota Tacoma and were sitting in the cab.

After he drove them to Zip Foods at Samuelson Road and U.S. 20, the girl disappeared, and the three men hid their bikes in the woods and told the victim to meet the girl at an apartment complex nearby.

At the apartments, they pulled him from his truck and beat him.

Frank had pleaded guilty June 6 to Class D felony aiding in auto theft, and the three-year sentence is the highest possible for that class of felony.

He originally faced up to 20 years for Class B felony aiding in carjacking and up to eight years on Class C felony battery.

Jamal Gould had been sentenced to four years in prison and four on probation in August 2011.

Michael Gould had a sentence similar to Frank’s.



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