Updated: June 2, 2013 6:24AM
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced an 18-year-old Schererville man to an alternative program and probation for robbery.
Bryson Blackman will serve 15 months in Lake County Community Corrections, followed by 21 months on probation for a 2011 robbery. He also must perform 100 hours of community service while on probation.
Blackman, who pleaded guilty to robbery, a Class C felony punishable by two to eight years, admitted he approached the victim in Hammond on June 29, 2011. Blackman grabbed the victim, put what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun on the victim’s stomach and demanded money. He stole a wallet and its contents. The weapon was a BB gun.
Deputy prosecutor Aleksandra Dimitrijevic argued that Blackman should have to serve his sentence in prison because of issues with his home phone and the ability of community corrections authorities to monitor his whereabouts on an ankle monitor.
Defense attorney Timothy Ormes urged the judge to accept the plea agreement, noting his client hasn’t been in any additional trouble since he was charged with robbery, a Class B felony punishable by six to 20 years.
Blackman apologized for his actions and admitted he occasionally smokes marijuana. Murray ordered him to undergo alcohol and drug counseling as part of his sentence.