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Two more plead guilty in armed robbery spree

Updated: December 28, 2012 8:57PM



Two more Gary men will plead guilty to taking part in an eight-month armed robbery spree earlier this year in Lake County, according to two plea agreements filed in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Jeremiah Stevenson will plead guilty to two counts of robbery affecting commerce and one count of the armed robbery of a credit union. In exchange, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

His co-defendant, Lavelle “Fudge” Hatley, will plead guilty to eight counts of robbery affecting commerce; he faces up to 20 years in prison on the counts.

Stevenson and Hatley were arrested earlier this year with two other men in connection to a string of robberies in Gary, East Chicago and Merrillville, including at a Rally’s, two Family Dollars and three Auto Zones. Stevenson and co-defendant Nathan Elmore, of Gary, were arrested after they stole $16,000 from the Tech Credit Union in East Chicago in February.

Elmore has already pleaded guilty in the case.

A change of plea hearing for Stevenson and Hatley had not been scheduled as of Friday afternoon.



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