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Jaime Cordero

CROWN POINT | A Lake Superior Court jury deliberated some two hours Friday before convicting a Hammond man of charges related to a 2002 assault.

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

Cordero on Friday was found guilty of criminal deviate conduct and burglary in connection to an assault on a Munster woman in 2002.

The woman had finished doing some yard work when Cordero grabbed her from behind as she going back into her house, according to court records.

Cordero threw the woman on the ground, slamming her head onto the floor and threatening to kill her, court records state.

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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 is scheduled to sentenced Nov. 22.

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

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