Pair sentenced for armed robbery of Merrillville pizza delivery person
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent April 14, 2013 10:42PM
Updated: May 16, 2013 6:12AM
Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced two men in the armed robbery of a pizza delivery person in Merrillville.
Aquantis Walker, 22, of Gary was sentenced to eight years in prison for the Aug. 14 robbery of the delivery driver, who had money and pizza taken at gunpoint. His plea agreement outlined the eight-year prison sentence.
Co-defendant Devon Hardaway, 19, was sentenced to three years, ordered to serve six months in Lake County Community Corrections Kimbrough Work Program, given credit for the 239 days he spent in the Lake County Jail, and placed on probation for the remaining 237 days.
Walker is the one who pointed the gun at the driver, ordered him to hand over the money and get on the ground. Hardaway picked up the pizzas and money. The robbery occurred in the 200 block of West 68th Place.
Deputy prosecutor Angela Mattozzi argued for a four-year sentence in community corrections, while defense attorney Derrick Julkes noted that Hardaway, at age 19, will be saddled with a felony conviction. Hardaway is disabled from injuries he sustained as a toddler from his mother.