Updated: May 3, 2014 6:14AM
A Hammond man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for robbing a 54-year-old city resident of $12,000 in May.
James D. Murray Jr., 32, admitted that he and another man entered the home in the 1800 block of 173rd Place and demanded money at gunpoint from the resident, whom Murray knew.
They stole $6,500. Afterwards, they taped the victim’s hands and mouth and demanded more money, forcing the victim to tell them where to find another $5,500, which they also stole, according to Lake County prosecutors.
Defense attorney Rich Wolter Jr., sought leniency for Murray, noting that he had taken drug and alcohol classes and anger management counseling during the nine months he was in the county jail.
Deputy Prosecutor Christine Parry argued for the maximum six-year sentence outlined in the plea agreement in light of Murray’s criminal record, which includes one felony and five misdemeanor convictions, the fact that Murray knew the victim and that a handgun was used in the crime.
Murray apologized for his actions, telling Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez that he was “sorry for the people I’ve hurt.”
Vasquez said Murray can participate in the Community Transition Court after he completes half of his sentence