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Thanksgiving Day shooting death brings 65-year sentence

May 17, 2019

The man who shot a gas station clerk to death on Thanksgiving Day in 2017 was sentenced this morning to 65 years behind bars.

Victor M. Rivera, 23, used a sawed-off shotgun to kill Jacob Walerko as the 25-year-old worked behind the counter at the Meijer gas station on Lima Road. He then vaulted the counter and stole a carton of cigarettes.

Rivera had been charged with murder, felony murder : one committed while in the act of another felony : and robbery causing serious bodily injury but pleaded guilty in March to felony murder as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced in Allen Superior Court.

Police were called to the store after receiving 911 calls, and witnesses told them the gunman took off across the parking lot. Rivera was arrested the next day, after several people including his mother identified him through a surveillance photo distributed by police.