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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

August 9, 2013

David Capp, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Hatton
219) 937-5603

Hammond Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Hammond, Indiana — The United States Attorney David Capp announced that Keon Thomas, 38, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to life imprisonment and $11,275.97 in restitution after being found guilty at trial of the felony offenses of conspiracy to commit robbery and murder, robbery, murder by means of a firearm during a robbery and 2 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (robbery). Thomas, along with defendant Styles Taylor and two others, was charged with the robbery and murder of Hammond businessman Frank Freund in April of 2000. Freund had owned and operated the Firearms Unlimited Gun Shop in Hammond for several years. Freund, who was 73 years old at the time, was shot twice at close range with a pistol while alone in his shop. 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.