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Teen gets 60-year sentence for home invasion

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Tievon Nichols (Courtesy Elkhart County Sheriff's Department) Tievon Nichols (Courtesy Elkhart County Sheriff's Department)

The third of four convicted home-invaders was sentenced in Elkhart Superior Court on Friday.  The four suspects, 19-year-old Earl Hogan Jr., 19-year-old Jayzahn Creel, 16-year-old Tievon Nichols, and another teen were all arrested and charged for the break-in.

All four faced charges of Burglary While Armed with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Confinement, and two counts of Robbery While Armed with a Deadly Weapon.

Two women and two young children were inside the home at the time of the break-in.  The victims were taken hostage, attacked, and threatened.

Tievon Nichols was sentenced to 45 years in prison followed by 15 years probation.  Hogan and Creel were sentenced back in April.

The judge said at the sentencing hearing that Nichols' age was a mitigating factor in the sentencing, but went on to describe the incident as "torture."  The judge also noted that Nichols had admitted to being an active gang member.

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