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Man pleads guilty in Lake Station gas station robbery

Man pleads guilty in Lake Station gas station robbery


CROWN POINT — A Lake Station man faces one to six years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to allegations he robbed a gas station last year.

William Evans, 32, pleaded guilty during a hearing before Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell.

In exchange for his plea to level 5 armed robbery, prosecutors agreed to drop a level 3 robbery count and not file a habitual offender enhancement.

The possible sentence for a level 5 felony is one to six years in prison, with an advisory sentence of three years. If Boswell accepts Evans' plea agreement, she will determine his sentence.

Evans is represented by attorney Sean Mullins. Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Judith Massa is representing the state, records show.

Evans is accused of threatening a cashier with a knife and demanding money April 20, 2018, at Rich's gas station, 4301 Central Ave., in Lake Station.

The robber grabbed cash from the register and fled the store on foot before entering a white Chevrolet Camaro, which was parked in a nearby alleyway.

Christina Harris, Evans' girlfriend, and Harris' mother, Patricia Williams, were each charged with assisting a criminal, a class A misdemeanor, on allegations they hindered a police investigation of the robbery.

Williams allegedly admitted upon furthering questioning that Evans robbed the gas station. Evans told Williams and her daughter to pull down an alley, and when he returned to the car he had cash in his hand, the plea agreement states.

Evans' sentencing was scheduled for Wednesday, online court records show.

Harris pleaded guilty and was sentenced in November to one year in jail, but Boswell suspended the term in favor of probation. 

Williams' case remains pending, online court records show.

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