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Hammond Man Sentenced for Murder in 2000

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August 9, 2013 — The United States Attorney’s Office in Hammond says a federal court sentence came today for a murder 13 years ago.

U.S. Attorney David Capp’s office says 38-year-old Keon Thomas of Hammond, Indiana has a life sentence, issued by Senior District Judge James Moody, who also ordered $11,275.97 in restitution. Court records show the sentence follows a “guilty” verdict at trial for “felony offenses of conspiracy to commit robbery and murder, robbery, murder by means of a firearm during a robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (robbery).”

Capp’s office says Thomas and defendant Styles Taylor, along with two others, were charged with the robbery and murder of 73-year-old Hammond businessman Frank Freund in April 2000. Freund owned and operated the Firearms Unlimited Gun Shop in Hammond for several years before he was shot twice at close range with a pistol while alone in his shop.

Capp says, “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.”


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