Gary Man Sentenced 35 Years In Prison
For Attempting and Conspiring to Commit Robbery Affecting Commerce and Possessing a Firearm as a Felon
HAMMOND- Terryante Flournoy, 23, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Philip P. Simon following his guilty plea arising out of Hobbs Act robbery offenses, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.
Flournoy pled guilty to attempted robbery affecting commerce and conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce. Flournoy, who possessed a firearm during the attempted Hobbs Act robbery and who, at that time, had prior felony convictions for theft and battery by bodily waste, also pled guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Flournoy was sentenced to 420 months (35 years) in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.
According to documents in the case, on November 24, 2019, in Gary, Indiana, Flournoy and his co-defendant planned the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver by ordering a pizza to be delivered to a nearby abandoned house. When the delivery driver arrived Flournoy and his co-defendant approached his vehicle to commit the robbery. During the attempted robbery, Flournoy fired a shot from an AR-15 style rifle at the delivery man, striking and killing him. Flournoy and his co-defendant fled the crime scene without completing the planned robbery.
This case is the result of the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Gang Response Investigative Team, the Gary Police Department, and the Lake County Metropolitan Homicide Unit, with the assistance of the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David J. Nozick and Caitlin M. Padula.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.