HAMMOND | Jeremiah Stevenson will spend the next six and a half years in federal prison for his role in three robberies.
U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano sentenced the 22-year-old Gary man Thursday after he pleaded guilty to robbing Game Stop, 1818 165th St., Hammond; Auto Zone, 3609 169th St., Hammond; and Tech Credit Union in East Chicago.
Stevenson and his alleged accomplices got away with more than $16,000 when they robbed Tech Credit Union at gunpoint on Feb. 7, 2011, according to court records.
Police investigators caught a break when Stevenson and another man were caught using some of the dye-stained money from Tech Credit Union to gamble at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
Stevenson, who was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshall, was ordered to pay $17,952 in restitution.
Also charged in the three robberies were Nathan Elmore, Seandell Rounds and Lavelle Hatley, of Gary, who was 17 at the time of the alleged offenses. The men were initially charged in a 30-count indictment involving 15 armed robberies during an eight-month period in 2011 and 2012 in Gary, East Chicago, Hammond and Merrillville.
Rounds, 21, of Riverdale, Ill., who pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, is awaiting sentencing. Elmore pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts, including bank robbery.