California Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery in Twin Falls
Co-Defendant to be sentenced on June 22, 2015
BOISE - Shawn Smith, 19, of Salinas, California, was sentenced today to 119 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for bank robbery by use of dangerous weapons, and brandishing of firearms during the commission of a felony offense, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered forfeiture of any interest in the $7,351 stolen from the bank, and forfeiture of the three firearms involved in the bank robbery. Smith pleaded guilty on April 20, 2015.
According to court documents, on November 20, 2014, Smith and his co-defendant Juan Loredo, 22, also of Salinas, California, robbed the First Federal Bank in Twin Falls, Idaho. As the men entered the bank, Loredo brandished a sawed-off shotgun, and Smith brandished a semi-automatic pistol at the tellers and manager. They stole approximately $7,000, all of which was recovered by police when the men were arrested after a high-speed vehicle chase, and foot pursuit.
Sentencing for Loredo has been set for June 22, 2015, before Judge Lodge.
“Those who use firearms to commit violent crimes, such as bank robberies, will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted,” said Olson. “Innocent people who simply go to work each day in commerce, or who go into our banks to transact their daily business, must not be put in fear for their lives.”
The men were apprehended by, and the case was investigated by, the Twin Falls Police Department. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted in the investigation and prosecution of these offenses.