SOUTH BEND – A man convicted of killing a South Bend police officer in the 1970s is heading back to prison for stealing meat from a supermarket.
A St. Joseph County judge ordered the a 7-1/2 years sentence on Wednesday for 60-year-old Robert Fultz for convictions of theft and being a habitual offender. WSBT-TV reports Fultz was charged with taking $170 in meat from a Martin’s supermarket this year.
Fultz was convicted of fatally shooting South Bend police Cpl. Tom DeRue during an armed robbery in 1974.
The South Bend Tribune reports Fultz was at first given a life sentence but it was later reduced to 15 years to 25 years.
Since serving that sentence, Fultz has been convicted several times for burglary, theft and other crimes.