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Porter County Courts

Updated: December 20, 2011 3:46PM



VALPARAISO

Man pulled knife on ex-girlfriend

A Valparaiso man could serve up to six years in prison for pulling a knife on a former girlfriend and a man she was with.

Michael A. Brown, 47, pleaded guilty in Porter County Superior Court on Monday to two of the intimidation charges against him, one a Class C felony and the other a Class D felony.

Brown admitted in court to threatening an ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend with a six-inch bladed knife outside a Portage pharmacy on Feb. 3 and threatening to burn her home down, then making the same threats to her at a residence on Feb. 11.

In exchange for the plea, the prosecution dropped a Class D felony battery charge, a Class D felony driving after being judged a habitual traffic offender charge and two misdemeanor battery charges for a March 7 incident where he hit tried to strangle a woman and hit the man she was with.

The prosecution will also drop a habitual offender enhancement charge, and Brown is to be sentenced Feb. 6.

Apartment break-in earns man time

Breaking into two apartments could earn a Valparaiso man six years in prison.

Dwayne Lemar Benjamin, 19, pleaded guilty Monday in Porter County Superior Court to one of the two Class B felony burglary charges against him and is scheduled for a Feb. 6 sentencing with a six-year cap on imprisonment.

However, Benjamin’s whole sentence could last up to 20 years with probation added.

On May 10, he broke into a relative’s home to steal a laptop, PlayStation and seven games, although a relative forced him to return those,according to court records.

On May 30, he stole an iPod and a camera from an apartment he’d done some work in, court records show.

Woman admits dealing heroin

A woman who was part of a couple who dealt heroin to undercover informants will serve two years in prison.

Jessica Meagan Henze, 28, was sentenced in Porter County Superior Court Monday on a Nov. 7 plea to Class C felony possession of a controlled substance, down from Class B felony aiding in dealing a narcotic drug.

On March 11, an informant made a deal with Timothy Allen Reeves, 48, for a $20 pack of heroin, and Reeves told him to pick it up at the Valparaiso house where he and Henze lived. Henze took the money and left foil-wrapped heroin on the table for him to take.

She will also serve three years on probation, and charges of possession of paraphernalia from a Aug. 8 overdose in Porter were dropped.

Reeves was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Nov. 7 for this incident and a March 10 sale of $40 of heroin to an informant.

Chesterton

Convenience store worker was burglar

The former employee of a Chesterton convenience store pleaded guilty in Porter County Superior Court Monday to being part of the group that burglarized it on May 11.

Jonathon Edward Kenworthy, 21, is looking at a three-year cap in possible incarceration at his Jan. 23 sentencing hearing but no cap on probation.

His sentence for his Class C felony burglary plea could total up to eight years of prison and probation.

The owner of The Rush Hour store on Calumet Avenue identified Kenworthy by body type on a surveillance video, even though Kenworthy wore a

Halloween mask, and police identified his shoes as the ones that left a mark on the back door.

He told police that some friends and an unknown man talked him into the robbery, which netted $145 and cartons of cigarettes, and he kicked the door in but ran back to the vehicle.

Portage

Teen has to pay burglary damage

A Portage man will serve five years on probation, minus time served, for a burglary he and others committed at a South Haven business.

Aaron Lloyd Shelby, 19, pleaded in Porter County Superior Court to Class C felony burglary in the December 2009 incident and will have to repay the $957 in damages and loss from it.

He was waived to adult court because of past offenses and that he would 18 years old in less than a month.



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