Cozmanoff in Porter County custody for safekeeping

2013-12-12T13:55:00Z 2013-12-28T21:27:43Z Cozmanoff in Porter County custody for safekeepingSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com
December 12, 2013 1:55 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A Lakes of the Four Seasons man convicted Wednesday of the hit-and-run of four Lake County correctional officers, killing one, has been booked into the Porter County Jail out of safety considerations.

Jason Cozmanoff, 44, was found guilty on all counts in connection with last year's crash that killed Correctional Officer Britney Meux and seriously injured three fellow officers.

The officers were jogging along 93rd Avenue in Crown Point when struck by a 2002 GMC Yukon driven by Cozmanoff.

Cozmanoff was convicted on all 13 counts, which included reckless homicide, criminal recklessness, failing to stop after an accident and reckless driving.

Following the verdict, defense attorney James Thiros asked the court to have Cozmanoff segregated from the general population in the Lake County Jail until Cozmanoff could be transferred to the Porter County Jail for safekeeping.

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said Thursday his office agreed to the transfer.

"It was the right decision to make," Carter said. "He's accused of killing a corrections officer, and she has friends there."

Carter said he did not foresee Cozmanoff being harmed, but he was in agreement with the precaution for safety reasons.

Cozmanoff is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 7.

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