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Woman seeks work release while awaiting trial in burglary tied to stepsister's rape

Woman seeks work release while awaiting trial in burglary tied to stepsister's rape

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CROWN POINT — Alexis Lietz, the woman accused of plotting a burglary that led to her stepsister's rape at their Hammond residence, is seeking work-release privileges while being detained in Lake County Community Corrections.

Defense attorney Nicholas Barnes requested Thursday that Lietz, 20, be allowed to participate in the community corrections work release program while awaiting trial on charges of burglary with a deadly weapon and armed robbery.

The attorney's request came after a lengthy discussion at the bench with Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Infinity Baulos and Judge Samuel L. Cappas.

Baulos said the state objected to any change in Lietz's current detainment. Cappas said he wanted to review a report on Lietz's mental health status before making a decision on the change.

A new court hearing was scheduled for Feb. 7.

Lietz is accused of conspiring July 16 with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Elias Costello, and two others to burgle her father's home in Hammond. During the burglary, Costello and the two others — Nathaniel J. Asbury, 21, and Isiah Barboza, 16 — sexually assaulted Lietz's 19-year-old stepsister while Lietz sat outside the home in a vehicle.

The victim's mother contacted police after witnessing the sexual assault on a live camera feed in the living room. All four suspects were arrested at or near the scene.

Lietz previously petitioned the court to be released from jail on a reduced bond with electronic monitoring so she could live with her mother in Antioch, Illinois. Cappas denied the request, but allowed the woman to await trial in Lake County Community Corrections, where she could receive drug and mental health treatment.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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