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Local woman gets 10 years in prison for burglaries

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A Porter resident has been sentenced to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC), after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary.

Rhiannon Daniel, 28, was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in the DOC, with eight years suspended and to be served on formal probation.

Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford further ordered Daniel to serve the final two years of DOC time on home detention through Porter County PACT, for a total behind-bars sentence of 10 years.

Bradford also ordered Daniel to pay restitution of $9,787.

In exchange for her plea, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office dismissed two other charges filed against Daniel: one of theft and one of battery.

The first burglary to which Daniel pleaded was committed in June 2011, when a man living in an apartment above Santiago’s restaurant in Porter observed Daniel coming down the stairs from his apartment carrying “multiple electronic items” belonging to him: a camera, a DVD player, an MP3 player, a computer printer, a Game Cube, and miscellaneous DVDs, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Porter Police.

When the man confronted Daniel, she “pushed him in the chest onto a bicycle that was lying to the left of the doorway as she fled,” police said.

The second burglary to which Daniel pleaded was committed in June 2013, when a resident of Liberty Township returned home to find a bass guitar, an electric guitar, and a television missing from his residence. Investigators subsequently traced the items to a pawn shop in Lake Station and determined that Daniel was in the company of the person who sold the items there.

Daniel later admitted that she was an acquaintance of the Liberty Township victim, that she used to work as his house-cleaner, that she had once asked him for money for “court and bills,” and that--when she went to his home again to ask the man for more money--he wasn’t there. So she entered his home, took the guitars and TV, and had another friend sell them for her, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Porter County Sheriff’s Police.


Posted 8/8/2014