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Detroit Man Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison For
Family Dollar / Pet Supplies Plus Armed Robberies

November 17, 2011

United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today that Jarris Smith, 25, of Detroit, was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison for his role in a series of armed robberies in Detroit. The sentence followed his guilty plea on charges of Interference with commerce by robbery, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence, McQuade was joined in the announcement by Acting Special Agent in Charge William Temple, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The sentence was imposed by Judge Bernard A. Friedman in Detroit, where Smith pleaded guilty on May 17, 2011.

According to court records, Smith entered the Pet Supplies Plus and Family Dollar stores on August 29, 2010 and August 31, 2010 and approached the counter. Smith then produced a weapon and demanded cash from the registers. Smith fled the locations after receiving the cash. Smith was apprehended on September 8, 2010. He has been detained in federal custody since his arrest.

"This sentence of 40 years is a powerful example of the impact federal prosecution can have on violent crime." McQuade said. "As our state and local law enforcement agencies struggle with budget and resource issues, we will continue to make fighting violent crime a priority for federal law enforcement."

U.S. Attorney McQuade recognized the outstanding efforts of the Detroit Police Department, the Violent Crime Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant United States Attorneys John O'Brien and Jeanine Brunson prosecuted the case for the United States.























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