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Jaime Cordero

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison in connection with a 2002 sexual assault case.

Jaime Cordero, 50, was linked to the case through a DNA database after an arrest for theft in Florida.

In October, a Lake County jury deliberated just two hours before finding Cordero guilty of criminal deviate conduct and burglary in the assault.

The victim, of Munster, had finished doing some yard work when Cordero grabbed her from behind as she going back into her house.

Cordero threw the woman on the ground, slamming her head onto the floor, and threatened to kill her.

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Testimony during the five-day trial indicated the woman suffered injuries to her face, including bruising and blackened eyes.

FBI analysis showed carpeting in the woman's home matched evidence collected in burglaries in other states.

Cordero was sentenced Monday to 35 years for the sexual assault and 10 years for burglary.

The victim told the court she is a representative of all Cordero's victims.

Cordero faces other pending charges in Lake County for fraud and burglary resulting in bodily injury in separate cases.

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