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Jackson man sentenced to six years for robbery of Speedway gas station in April

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A Jackson Township man has been sentenced to six years in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) after pleading guilty to the robbery in April of the Speedway gas station at 752 Indian Boundary Road in Chesterton.

Jason S. Mitchell, 32, with a listed address in the 500 east block of C.R. 900N, was sentenced last week to six years in prison, with no time suspended. He was given credit for 115 days already served while awaiting the disposition of his case.

Robbery is a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years.

As part of the plea agreement--which capped incarceration at six years--Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa ordered Mitchell, an admitted drug user, to serve a “purposeful incarceration” in the therapeutic community at Westville Correctional Facility, with the understanding that, if Mitchell successfully completes the program, the court would entertain a motion for the modification of Mitchell’s sentence.

In exchange for Mitchell’s plea, a second charge against him, possession of a controlled substance, was dismissed.

The robbery occurred at 3 a.m. April 25, when a male subject entered the Speedway, milled around a bit, then bought a candy bar, using all coins, Chesterton Police said. The man then left the store but returned at 3:14 a.m., when this time he demanded the money in the register and repeatedly threatened the clerk with violence if she resisted, police said.

After seeing the surveillance video of the robbery, the Speedway manager “immediately” recognized the suspect “as a regular customer” at the North Calumet Road location, police said.

Investigators subsequently developed information identifying Mitchell as a possible suspect and determined that he had access to a black 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, similar to the one seen in the surveillance video, police said.

Then, when showed a photo array which included a shot of Mitchell, both the clerk and the manager identified Mitchell as the suspect, police said.

Posted 10/2/2013





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