Hammond Man Has Lifetime Prison Term for Killing Veteran
November 1, 2013 — The United States Attorney’s Office in Hammond says today a Hammond man has a lifetime federal prison sentence for gun theft and murder.
It says 33-year-old Styles Taylor received a lifetime imprisonment sentence, and $11,275.97 in restitution, after being found guilty at trial of the felony offenses of conspiracy to commit interference with commerce by threat of violence, use of a firearm to cause death during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to court documents in this case, Taylor and Keon Thomas robbed and murdered Frank Freund, Sr. to get his firearms to enhance their stature in the drug dealing community and to possibly trade some of the weapons for cocaine. Federal records say that when the trade deal fell through, the defendants began to sell the firearms throughout the Hammond area to any willing buyer, further endangering the citizens of the region.
Case records show Mr. Freund was a 72-year-old veteran, with a pacemaker and impaired hearing, and the owner of Firearms Unlimited Gun Shop. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Freund was murdered execution style, shot from very close range inside his place of business.
It says Taylor is a three-time-convicted felon who was involved in Freund’s murder, drug trafficking, the armed robbery of Fast Lane Foods causing serious bodily injury, one attempted murder of a pizza delivery man, and two other burglaries as a juvenile.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hammond Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Philip Benson and David Nozick.