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Auust 15, 2017-A Gary Man was sentenced to 510 months in Federal Prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery and use of a firearm to cause death during a crime of violence. According to a statement from Acting United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson, Eric M. Dillon, 28, of Gary, Indiana was sentenced before Judge Philip P. Simon. Dillon received consecutive sentences of 240 months and 270 months. he 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. 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.”
This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Hammond Police Department with assistance from the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas M. McGrath and Jennifer Chang.