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Liberty man pleads to robbery in Valpo park, could get four years in prison

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A Liberty Township resident is facing a possible prison term of four years after pleading guilty to the robbery of a Valparaiso resident earlier this year, the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.

Aric Deangelis, 18, with a listed address of 80E 950N, has pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.

Under the plead-and-argue deal, incarceration in the Indiana Department of Correction would be capped at four years, with no limit on probation other than statutory, according to the court document.

Restitution of the victim would be determined by the Victims Assistance Unit within 30 days of sentencing.

According to Valparaiso Police, on March 26 a 19-year-old Valparaiso man reported that, earlier in the day, he had been robbed by two subjects while sitting in his car in Kirchoff Park. The two, their faces covered by bandannas, punched him in the face through the vehicle’s window, then pulled him out and took his wallet and $120. The pair was last seen fleeing eastbound on foot through the park.

The man sustained minor facial injuries as a result of the attack, police said.

VPD Det. Dave Castellanos subsequently determined that the victim had been waiting in the park to conduct a drug deal when robbed and that the two subjects stole not only his money but his marijuana, police said.

Deangelis was later charged with the robbery and a delinquency charge of robbery was filed against his accomplice, a 17-year-old Valparaiso boy, police said.



Posted 11/1/2012