HAMMOND | A 24-year-old Gary man will spend the next 29 years in prison for his role in the 2012 robbery of BMO Harris Bank, 7250 Indianapolis Blvd., Hammond.
Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, David Lee Hardin was sentenced Wednesday to 235 months in federal prison on a charge of bank robbery by force and 120 months for using a firearm in a violent offense. A third count of possession of a stolen firearm was dropped.
U.S. District Court Judge Rudy Lozano ordered Hardin to serve the sentences consecutively, and Hardin was ordered to pay $79,919 in restitution to the bank, court records stated.
Hardin’s accomplice, Brealon B. Miller Jr., 24, of Gary, pleaded guilty last month to bank robbery and using a firearm in violent offense. He is awaiting sentencing.
Hardin and Miller, who took $202,148 from the bank, were arrested on Dec. 21, 2012, following a high-speed chase that ended outside Gary’s Brunswick Park. Police reported recovering two guns and money believed to be taken from the robbery.
During their getaway, one of the suspects shot an unnamed 34-year-old Hammond police officer outside the bank. The officer hadn’t gotten out of his car when he arrived on the scene of the robbery and the suspects fired eight shots at him from a handgun taken from a security guard at the bank.