HAMMOND | A federal judge sentenced a Gary man to more than 23 years in prison Friday following the suspect's 2013 guilty plea to an armed Hammond bank robbery.
Brealon Miller Jr., 25, stated in previously filed court records that he robbed the bank to buy Christmas gifts for his children.
He pleaded guilty in August 2013 to armed bank robbery and one count of discharging and carrying a firearm in an aggravated bank robbery, Hammond-based U.S. District Court records show.
Miller and David L. Hardin robbed the BMO Harris bank branch at 7250 Indianapolis Blvd. on Dec. 21, 2012, federal authorities said.
Miller's role in the robbery included taking a gun from the bank's security officer, according to a sentencing memorandum in the case. Miller and Harden took $202,148 from the bank, court records allege.
Through court filings, Miller said he panicked and began shooting at Hammond Officer Jon Sarlea following the robbery. The officer was shot three times in the leg but recovered.
The men were arrested following a brief chase that ended in Gary's Brunswick Park area, police said.
In addition to his 280-month prison sentence, Miller also was sentenced to three years on supervised release. His co-defendant, Hardin, already is serving a nearly 30-year prison sentence for his role in the robbery, the Hammond-based U.S. attorney reported Friday.