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VALPARAISO — Jury selection is to begin Tuesday morning in the trial of a Gary man, previously convicted of murder, who now is accused of burglarizing an apartment in Portage and raping an occupant.

LaQuan Apara, formerly known as Milton Anderson, faces felony counts of rape, burglary and robbery, according to court records.

The 55-year-old faces six to 20 years behind bars on the rape and burglary charges, and two to eight on the robbery count.

Police say Apara entered the Willowcreek Estates apartment on May 25, 2014.

The 58-year-old female resident was bound as Apara sexually assaulted her and stole items prior to fleeing, police said. Police said Apara knew the victim.

Apara was identified by DNA evidence recovered at the scene, Portage Police Chief Troy Williams said at the time.

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He was arrested at Marquette Park in Gary where he worked for the Gary Parks Department.

Apara changed his name from Milton Anderson while in prison serving a 24-year sentence for murder, Williams had said.

Apara was convicted in 1982 in Lake County and sentenced in January 1983 to 55 years in prison. He was released in 2007.

Williams said Apara and another person stabbed a woman when they tried to rob her of her purse.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.