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Chicago-area man found guilty in 2013 shooting death of northwestern Indiana woman


CROWN POINT, Indiana — An Illinois man has been found guilty of shooting death of a northwestern Indiana woman whose body was found in parking garage at Gary's Majestic Star Casino.

A Lake Superior Court jury deliberated less than two hours Friday before finding 60-year-old Ralph Martinez of Alsip, Illinois, guilty of murder, murder in the perpetration of a robbery, robbery and criminal confinement in the 2013 death of 76-year-old Mary Austgen of St. John.

Prosecutors said Martinez hid for hours in a small bathroom Austgen's family business in Griffith before tackling her from behind and pulling a gun on her.

Martinez faces 45 to 65 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 18 by Lake County Judge Diane Boswell.

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