INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man has been indicted on federal charges that he shot a postal carrier in the face during a bank robbery.
The U.S. attorney’s office says 43-year-old Brook Abebe, an immigrant from Ethiopia, was charged Tuesday with armed bank robbery and firearm violations. If convicted on all counts, he could face 10 years to life in prison, although Assistant U.S Attorney James M. Warden says life sentences are rare.
A phone message seeking comment was left with Abebe’s attorney.
Abebe is accused of shooting Robert Norman of Franklin on July 2 when the postman following him outside after the robbery on the city’s southeast side.
Norman was released from the hospital July 10 after surgery on his eye socket and shattered cheekbone.