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Porter County Courts: Jail attack earns man 5 years in prison

Updated: May 7, 2013 5:18PM



VALPARAISO

Jail attack earns man 5 years in prison

Attacking a fellow Porter County Jail inmate while in custody for allegedly battering his own father earned a Michigan City man a five-year prison sentence Monday.

Sergio Perez, 20, pleaded guilty to Class C felony battery for the May 17 attack on the fellow inmate, where he came up from behind the seated man and broke his nose and both eye sockets and caused the victim to need seven stitches in his lip.

In exchange for Perez’s April 8 plea, the Porter County Prosecutor’s office dropped charges of Class C felony battery, Class D felony criminal and misdemeanor battery from a March 2012 attack on his father.

Witnesses at Woodland Village Mobile Home Park said Perez eventually knocked his father out with a kick to the head after his father told him to leave the park, where Perez is barred from visiting.

Man threatened with butcher knife

Threatening a roommate with a butcher’s knife over money and later burglarizing the Valparaiso home of an acquaintance meant 191 days in jail and 16 months on probation for a Valparaiso man.

Bruce Aaron Stanley, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to Class D felony criminal recklessness for the April 2012 incident where he raised the butcher’s knife at his roommate, and a Class D felony intimidation charge was dropped as part of the plea.

Stanley also pleaded guilty to Class D felony residential entry, down from a Class B felony burglary charge that could have gotten him up to 20 years in prison.

He was on bond from the April incident when the resident found him in her home Oct. 13, taking a wallet with $800 and other items.

Porter Circuit Judge Mary Harper sentenced Stanley along with accepting his plea Tuesday.

Portage

Probation for one of three charges

A Portage man will serve three years on probation for three separate incidents in 2012, one of which involved threatening his pregnant sister with a .22 rifle.

Benjamin Perez, 19, received the sentence Monday for his pleas earlier this year to Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance for an Aug. 1 drug arrest at his home and June 28 threat.

On June 28, he tore up his sister’s home and took the rifle with him, stating he’d return for revenge for her family calling the police; on Aug. 1, police found marijuana, a marijuana grinder and psychedelic mushrooms at his home; on Nov. 6, he broke into his sister’s home and stole a large pizza, court documents state.

As part of his plea agreement, the prosecution dropped charges of Class C felony intimidation for the first incident, misdemeanor possession of pot and possession of paraphernalia for the second incident and Class D felony residential entry, Class D felony theft and misdemeanor minor consumption of alcohol for the last incident.



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