April 14, 2017-A Gary man wentered a plea today to causing death during a crime of violence in United States Federal Court today. The charges resulted from the January 2016 brutal murder of a 7-11 employee in Hammond. The robbery was caught on tape and created public outrage as the video showed the shooting of clerk Roger Unton. Unton was described as a hard working man who took a night job at the convenience store to make ends meet. According to the press release from the US Attorney’s Office, “On January 20, 2016, at approximately 4:30 am, Dillon entered the 7-Eleven store at 6031 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, Indiana with a handgun, demanded money, and shot and
killed the clerk, Roger Unton, 60, of Blue Island, Illinois.”
Today Eric M. Dillon, 28, of Gary, Indiana entered a plea of guilty to one count of Hobbs Act Robbery, and one count of causing death during a crime of violence before District Court Judge Philip P. Simon. At the time of the shooting, Hammond Police Chief John Doughty described the then unknown perpetrator as an “animalistic predator, who clearly has no value for human life.” Dillon’s sentence will be determined by Judge Simon at a sentencing hearing to be held on August 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hammond Police Department with assistance from the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas M. McGrath and Jennifer Chang.