A Chesterton man is facing a possible prison term of 15 years after agreeing
to plead guilty to the burglary of three homes earlier this year, two in
Portage and one in South Haven, the Porter County Prosecuting Attorneys
Luke McCormick, 20, with a listed address on Taylor Street, was originally
charged in three separate burglaries, committed on Jan. 10, Jan. 18, and
Feb. 17. Each burglary was filed as a Class B felony, punishable by a term
of six to 20 years.
Under the agreement, McCormick would plead guilty to each of the three
charges, with his specific sentence to be argued but capped at 15 years of
incarceration. There would be no limit, other than statutory, on his period
of probation after release.
In addition, the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office would agree not
to file charges in any “uncharged conduct” but that such uncharged conduct
is “to be considered as aggravating circumstances at sentencing.”
And McCormick would be ordered to pay restitution on all uncharged conduct.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 10.
In the Jan. 10 burglary, committed on Governor Road in South Haven, entry
was made while the homeowners were sleeping, the Porter County Sheriff’s
Police said. Stolen items included a laptop computer, a Sony PlayStation 3
and Nintendo DS along with games, a purse, a coat, DVDs, and keys.
In the Jan. 18 burglary, of a home in Portage, two handguns were stolen, one
of which was found in McCormick’s possession after a car crash on I-94 in
Burns Harbor, Portage Police said.
In the Feb. 17 burglary, of another home in Portage, a handgun, a rifle, and
a jar of coins were stolen. In that case the victim reported that shortly
before the burglary a young man knocked on his door and said he was looking
for a lost dog. The victim later identified McCormick as that young man in a
photo lineup, Portage Police said.