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Former East Chicago councilman sentenced to 20 years

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon sentenced Robert Battle Tuesday on the former East Chicago councilman's man guilty plea of discharging a firearm, causing death, in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon sentenced Robert Battle Tuesday on the former East Chicago councilman's man guilty plea of discharging a firearm, causing death, in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release. | Lake County Sheriff's Dept.

HAMMOND, Ind. — A former northwestern Indiana city councilman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting a man he owed a drug debt to.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon sentenced Robert Battle Tuesday on the former East Chicago councilman’s man guilty plea of discharging a firearm, causing death, in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release.

Prosecutors say Battle shot 31-year-old Reimundo Camarillo Jr. in the back on Oct. 12, 2015, outside Battle’s home. Prosecutors have said that Battle was selling cocaine in East Chicago and shot the man “over a drug debt he owed Camarillo.”

Battle was elected to his second term that November while indicted on drug and murder charges.