Man gets two years for burglarizing cop's home

2013-11-11T19:45:00Z 2013-11-11T22:34:06Z Man gets two years for burglarizing cop's homeStan Maddux Times Correspondent
November 11, 2013 7:45 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A man is going to prison for his role in the burglary of a LaPorte County Police officer's home that resulted in a crash during a high-speed chase into Porter County.

Jacob Cornett, 18, was given a two-year prison sentence and two years probation Friday for assisting in the April burglary, a Class C felony.

The case against one of the other defendants, Antonio Harris, II, 18, of East Chicago is scheduled for a change of plea hearing Friday in LaPorte Circuit Court.

Dolores Smith, of Merrillville, who was 16 at the time of the incident but who also was charged as an adult, had the case against her dismissed in April, court records indicated.

According to court documents, Cornett and Harris knew each other from time spent together at a juvenile center in South Bend and were friends on Facebook.

Police said Cornett asked Harris for several days to burglarize the home of Capt. Mike Kellems, a member of the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department.

Cornett lived across from the home offering to give Harris some of the property taken in the burglary and provided directions to the residence, police said.

Harris and Smith were allegedly in the home while Cornett was serving as a lookout when police responded to a call from a suspicious neighbor.

That led to a chase of a vehicle containing Harris and Smith, who traveled down Interstate 94 at speeds reaching more than 100 mph,  crashing into the back of a tanker truck at the Lake-Porter County line, police said.

Electronic items were recovered from the vehicle and Cornett, as part of his sentence, was ordered to pay Kellems $1,800, which represents the value of the stolen items.

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