Gary man pleads guilty in Hammond robbery

2013-08-30T13:16:00Z 2013-08-30T22:47:33Z Gary man pleads guilty in Hammond robberyTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 30, 2013 1:16 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A 24-year-old Gary man pleaded guilty Friday to the 2012 robbery of BMO Harris Bank in Hammond's Woodmar section, during which a police officer was shot.

U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano accepted the plea of Brealon B. Miller Jr. to one count of armed bank robbery and one count of discharging, carrying and using a firearm in furtherance of aggravated bank robbery, court records state.

Under an agreement with federal prosecutors in Hammond, Miller also must make restitution to the bank and the police officer who was shot during the robbery. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors have agreed to drop a charge of possession of a stolen firearm.

Miller and his alleged accomplice, David Lee Hardin, 24, of Gary, were arrested Dec. 21 following a high-speed chase that ended at Gary’s Brunswick Park, authorities said.

A 34-year-old Hammond police officer was shot outside the bank, 7350 Indianapolis Blvd., suffering three gunshots wounds to the leg, police said.

According to court records, Miller and Hardin took $202,148 from the bank. On June 14, Hardin pleaded guilty to bank robbery and awaits sentencing.

Miller faces a minimum of 25 years in prison on the bank robbery charge and 10 years on the firearms charge, according to his plea agreement.

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