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Lowell man faces prison time following undercover firearms operation, courts say
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Lowell man faces prison time following undercover firearms operation, courts say

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A Lake Criminal Court judge sentenced a Michigan City man Friday to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting an 18-year-old man and wounding another after a fight last spring in Merrillville.

HAMMOND — A Lowell man has been sentenced after an illegal firearms investigation by a federal agency and Hammond police, courts said. 

U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon sentenced Roger Casillas, 29, to 92 months in prison after Casillas pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

The sentence stems from an investigation in March and April 2016, which included a confidential informant and an undercover officer in Hammond. 

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During that time, Casillas sold three firearms, a laser sight and several firearm magazines, including a 20-round magazine to the informant and undercover officer court reports said. Police said one of the firearms had a serial number that had been obliterated. 

When he sold the firearms, Casillas had already been convicted of three felony offenses for theft. He was also on pretrial release for a felony count of intimidation, which he was later convicted of, courts said. 

The investigation was a collaborative efforts between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hammond Police Department.

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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