Hammond

Purse snatcher at casino gets 8 years

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Chicago man to 10 years in prison for robbery.

Rashaan Miller, 37, admitted he approached two women who were leaving in their car from the parking garage of Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. Miller opened the passenger door of the car on Nov. 27 and reached over one of the women to grab a purse in the center console area. While he struggled with the woman, Miller jabbed the passenger in the ribs. Both women are in their 60s, deputy prosecutor Christine Parry said.

Parry argued for 10 years in prison, noting Miller’s prior criminal record includes three misdemeanor and four felony convictions.

Defense attorney Gojko Kasich said his client needs drug treatment and qualified for the sheriff’s work release program.

Kasich presented testimony from Miller’s mother, who uses a wheelchair, and his sister, both of whom said Miller’s help is needed to care for his mother.

Miller apologized for his actions.

Vasquez said the last two years of Miller’s sentence will be served in Lake County Community Corrections.

Prosecutors dropped a habitual offender sentencing enhancement which would have added 30 years to Miller’s sentence.

Shooter says he ‘feels kind of bad’

A Chicago man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a shooting that cost the victim one of his kidneys.

Antoine Cannon, 29, admitted he was at the home of the victim’s father on Sept. 4 in the 6200 block of Madison Avenue in Hammond, where he’d been drinking and had consumed two Ecstasy tablets, when he shot Tyler Sessum in the abdomen.

Cannon, who pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, had faced a maximum 14-year sentence as outlined in his plea agreement submitted to lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray.

Had another individual not intervened and knocked Cannon’s arm as he was firing the gun, the victim would have most likely been shot in the head.

Defense attorney Roxanne Mendez Johnson said the crime stemmed mainly from Cannon’s abuse of drugs. Cannon surrendered to Chicago police the day after the shooting.

“I feel kind of bad for what I did, you know what I’m saying?” Cannon told the judge after apologizing for his actions.

The charge is punishable by a maximum 20-year sentence.

East Chicago

Man charged in shooting death

A murder charge has been filed in Lake Superior Court against an East Chicago man in a Friday night shooting.

Tavares Kwane Berry, 37, is charged in the death of Frankie Currie, who was shot five times in the 3400 block of Guthrie Street.

A witness told police she was across the street from the scene when she heard to men arguing around 8:30 p.m. and saw a man she didn’t know shoot Currie.

Other witnesses said just before the shooting, Berry and another man were walking down Guthrie Street. The second man ran across the street, chasing after someone. Currie and Berry then got into a physical struggle, the witness told police, and Berry pulled a gun from his pants and started shooting at Currie.

Currie sustained wounds to his buttocks, right shoulder, upper left thigh, and two wounds to his upper arm. He was transported to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, then airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Illinois, where he died early the next morning.