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CROWN POINT — A Lake Station woman has agreed to an 18-year prison sentence for robbing a neighbor of pills and repeatedly stabbing her in the chest, court records show.

Susan L. Hogue, 55, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

If Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez accepts Hogue's plea agreement, he will impose the 18-year sentence during a hearing set for June 11.

Hogue admitted Tuesday she went to a 40-year-old woman's mobile home in the Ravinia Pines community, in the 500 block of East 37th Avenue, to tell her she wanted her pills, court records show.

After the woman provided her pills, Hogue allegedly said, "I have to kill you now," before pulling out a large butcher knife.

Hogue stabbed her several times while saying she had to kill her because she "was not going to prison," the affidavit says. At one point, Hogue placed a pillow over the victim's face and said, "Just die, (expletive)."

The woman told police Hogue left her for dead, but she was able to get into her boyfriend's car and drive to a nearby gas station. She suffered lacerations to her liver and diaphragm, and her lung filled with blood, records say.

Police found a large kitchen knife in Hogue's dishwasher that appeared to have been freshly washed but had a red substance under a damaged handle, according to court records.

In exchange for Hogue's guilty plea to level 2 felony robbery, Lake County prosecutors agreed to drop one count of attempted murder and three counts of battery.

A Level 2 robbery charge carries a possible sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison, with an advisory sentence of 17.5 years. 

Hogue previously was charged with attempted murder in April 2002 and pleaded guilty in April 2004 to aggravated battery. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was released in 2008.

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Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.