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Lake County courts: Former Hammond man gets 4 years for burglary

Lake County courts: Former Hammond man gets 4 years for burglary

Illinois man gets 4 years for burglary A former Hammond man was sentenced to four years for burglary Tuesday by Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas. Richard L. Darnell, 34, of Marshall, Ill., pleaded guilty to the Level 5 felony in April. In court, he admitted that between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16, he broke into the Cline Garden Christian Church in Hammond by prying open a back basement door and stole electronics and musical instruments. Deputy prosecutor Angela Mattozzi argued that the maximum four-year sentence outlined in the plea agreement be served in prison because of Darnell's criminal history, which includes two misdemeanors and five prior felony convictions. Defense...

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