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Dominick Fazzini. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 16, 2014 6:18AM



VALPARAISO — A Peotone, Ill., man pleaded guilty Monday to involvement in an August 2012 incident in which three men invaded a Porter County home and forced a woman to open a safe at gunpoint before leading Hobart police on a chase that ended in a suicide.

Dominick Fazzini, 25, pleaded to a charge of felony burglary, with a possible maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, in exchange for the state dropping felony charges of robbery and confinement, according to the plea agreement. His sentencing is scheduled for June 2.

Fazzini admitted that someone, who was not identified in court records, contacted him about doing a “job” in Porter County, and Fazzini recruited Jordan A. Wilkerson, of Chicago; Michael Sprague, of Gary, and Shawn Duffy of Crown Point, to help him.

The men were told to be sure the woman was home because she knew the safe’s combination, and the robbers would get cash for the cash and coins in the safe, Fazzini said.

Fazzini told the judge Monday that he forced his way into the house while wearing a mask and pointed a handgun at the 52-year-old woman, demanding keys to the safe.

The men fled when a neighbor came, and the resulting police chase ended in a crash at U.S. 30 and Colorado Street, where Duffy fired at passing FBI agents who had joined the chase, authorities said. They said Duffy then shot and killed himself.

Wilkerson and Sprague are set to appear in court on April 21. They face felony burglary, robbery and confinement charges.



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