Valparaiso teen sentenced in armed robbery

2012-12-01T10:42:00Z 2012-12-01T18:41:05Z Valparaiso teen sentenced in armed robberyHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 01, 2012 10:42 am  • 

VALPARAISO | Porter Superior Judge Bill Alexa on Friday sentenced Keelon Wright, of Valparaiso to seven years, four to be served in the Indiana Department of Correction and three years of probation for his role in an armed robbery in June 2011.

The robbery took place at an apartment in the 1700 block of Vale Park Road and involved Keelon Wright, 17, Christian Brown, 17, and Keelon’s brother, Kyle Wright, 18, all of Valparaiso. They were all tried as adults.

Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Trista Hudson showed the court Facebook photos of Keelon Wright in which he was depicted flashing a gun and “looking like a thug,” and she argued that due to the severity of the crime she would recommend the maximum sentence.

Hudson said that without Keelon Wright’s involvement, the crime may not have occurred and that the defendant’s conduct while in the Porter County Jail awaiting sentencing, which included engaging in a fight with inmates, proved he should not receive probation.

Wright’s attorney John Vouga argued that his client should be sentenced to less time than his brother, Kyle Wright, who was sentenced to eight years last May, and because of his age and the fact that he did not wield the weapon during the crime, Vouga felt home detention would be adequate.

Alexa reprimanded Wright for his conduct in jail and said that Vouga’s claim of alternative corrections would not be a good fit.

“I don’t think you’re going to be successful on probation,” Alexa said to Wright.

Wright was given credit for 538 days already served in the Porter County Jail. Alexa instructed that he has 30 days to appeal the sentence and Vouga said he would talk to his client before determining the next course of action.

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