Gary man pleads guilty in Hammond bank robbery

2013-06-17T18:45:00Z 2013-06-17T23:42:08Z Gary man pleads guilty in Hammond bank robberyElvia Malagon, (219) 933-3246

HAMMOND | A Gary man on Friday admitted in federal court he took part in a Hammond bank robbery where an officer was shot in December.

David L. Hardin Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of armed bank robbery and discharging, carrying and using a firearm during an aggravated bank robbery, according to court records filed Monday.

As part of his plea agreement, Hardin could face up to 25 years in prison on the charge of armed bank robbery and a minimum of 10 years on the charge of using a firearm during an aggravated bank robbery. He also will have to pay restitution to BMO Harris Bank in Hammond and the police officer who was shot.

Hardin and Brealon Miller Jr. are accused of robbing the BMO Harris branch at 7250 Indianapolis Blvd on Dec. 21. According to an affidavit, the two men took $202,148 from the bank and threatened to shoot customers in the bank.

A Hammond police officer who was responding to the robbery was shot three times in the leg, police said. The men were arrested in Gary after fleeing the scene in a Cadillac.

Hardin is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18.

A plea agreement is due for Miller by Aug. 26. If he does not accept the plea agreement, a jury trial has been set for Sept. 3.

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