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Baltimore Couple Sentenced to Prison for Armed Robbery of a Convenience Store

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Also Robbed Three More Convenience Stores at Gunpoint


Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Brandon Ferrell, age 23, and Stephanie Amber Smith, age 24, both of Baltimore to 20 years in prison and thirteen years in prison, respectively, each followed by three years of supervised release, for the armed robbery of a convenience store on September 27, 2013, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The couple admitted that they committed three additional armed convenience store robberies two days later. Ferrell was sentenced on December 17, 2014 and Smith was sentenced today.

The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

According to their plea agreements, on September 27, 2013, Ferrell and Smith stole approximately $160 from a convenience store located in the 3500 block of Boston Street in Baltimore. Ferrell entered the store first, grabbed an iced-tea and walked to the counter. Then Smith entered the store, pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the clerk, and demanded money. Ferrell removed the money from the cash drawer located behind the counter. Ferrell and Smith then fled the store.

Ferrell and Smith robbed three other convenience stores at gunpoint on September 29, 2013.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney James G. Warwick, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 27, 2015