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CROWN POINT | The books are now closed on a 1994 Dyer burglary and rape.

Jaime Cordero, 50, of Hammond, pleaded guilty on March 14 to a Class A felony charge of burglary resulting in bodily injury in the Aug. 31, 1994, case. On Wednesday, Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell sentenced Cordero to 30 years in the Indiana Department of Correction on that guilty plea.

In October, a jury deliberated just two hours before finding Cordero guilty of criminal deviate conduct and burglary in a Munster sexual assault case from 2002.

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He was sentenced to 45 years in prison on that conviction, with 35 years for the sexual assault and 10 years for burglary.

In that case, Cordero was linked to the sexual assault through a DNA database after an arrest for theft in Florida.

Boswell told Cordero Wednesday his sentences would be served concurrently. Lake County prosecutors dropped additional Class D felony fraud charges in a March 2, 2012, incident in exchange for his guilty plea.

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