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Final man in Gary robbery ring sentenced to more than 51 years

Final man in Gary robbery ring sentenced to more than 51 years

HAMMOND -- A federal judge sentenced a Gary man to more than 51 years in prison

Monday for participating in a series of robberies to raise bond money for his

friends who were being held at the Lake County Jail.

Judge James Moody sentenced Charles Scott Jr., 25, to the maximum allowed under

federal sentencing guidelines for the three armed robberies that Scott was

convicted of in July 1999. Scott was also ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution.

Scott was the last of four men sentenced from a reputed gang that operated from

the Ivanhoe public housing complex on Gary's west side. Carl Buggs Jr., Drew

Carter III and Nathaniel Rimpson III also received long sentences. Prosecutors

linked four robberies to the men in 1997 and 1998 that yielded at least

$30,000.

Scott's attorney's, Fred Cohn of Chicago, argued his client's sentence was

unreasonably long when compared to other robbery sentences, especially in the

state court system. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Stewart said Scott and the

other defendants deserved long sentences because of their repeated disregard

for the law, particularly federal firearm statutes.

Stewart managed to prosecute Scott and the other men in U.S. District Court

after showing the robberies affected the interstate commerce needed to supply

the barber shop and three convenience stores.

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