Homeless man sentenced to 55 years in prison in slaying of Indianapolis pizza delivery driver

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Derek Romano

UPDATE: Jeremiah Roberts was sentenced in January 2017 to 68 years for murder and robbery. Derek Romano accepted a plea deal in February 2015 and was sentenced to 55 years. The robbery charge against Romano was dropped as part of the plea deal.

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 13, 2015) – A man accused of killing an Indianapolis pizza driver has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Derek Romano, 23, is one of two men charged in the death 49-year-old John Sullivan, a driver for Just Pizza. He agreed to plead guilty to murder as part of a plea agreement. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a robbery charge against him.

Police said Romano and another man, Jeremiah Roberts, killed Sullivan and then stole his car. They were found in Wyoming two days after Sullivan was found dead.

Justin Roberts

Jeremiah Roberts

Sullivan was delivering a pizza to a building in the 1800 block of Belmont Avenue on Jan. 19, 2014, when he was killed. Detectives said the men spent several days trying to lure pizza delivery drivers to their location.

Roberts’ trial is set for April in the case.

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