A Porter resident
has been sentenced to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Correction
(DOC), after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary.
28, was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in the DOC, with eight years
suspended and to be served on formal probation.
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.
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.
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.