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Eric Dillon Pleaded Guilty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana
Hobbs Act Robbery And Causing Death

HAMMOND-Acting United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson announced today that Eric M. Dillon, 28, of Gary, Indiana entered a plea of guilty to one count of Hobbs Act Robbery, and one count of causing death during a crime of violence before District Court Judge Philip P. Simon. This plea was accepted by the court.


On January 20, 2016, at approximately 4:30 am, Dillon entered the 7-Eleven store at 6031 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, Indiana with a handgun, demanded money, and shot and killed the clerk, Roger Unton, 60, of Blue Island, Illinois.


The sentencing in this case is scheduled to occur on August 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hammond Police Department with assistance from the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas M. McGrath and Jennifer Chang.



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Updated April 14, 2017

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