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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Thomas L. Kirsch II
, United States Attorney

Ashley Patterson Sentenced to 125 Months in Prison

For Bank Robbery and Discharge of a Firearm During And in Relation to a Crime of Violence

HAMMOND – Ashley Patterson, 29 years old, of Crown Point, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon to 125 months in prison after pleading guilty to bank robbery and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

According to documents in the case, on March 29, 2014, Patterson and her co-defendant Jeremiah Ellis robbed First Merchant’s Bank in East Chicago, Indiana. Patterson and Ellis brandished guns during the robbery, took approximately $10,000 cash, and Ellis discharged his gun as Patterson drove them away from the bank.

This case was investigated by the FBI GRIT Task Force with the assistance of ATF and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang.


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