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Two Men Indicted For Conspiring To Commit A Drug Related Robbery That Resulted In The Murder Of Two Men

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

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Jy’Quale Samari Grable (20, Tampa) and Aquavious Smith (19, Palmetto) with conspiracy and interference with commerce by robbery. Grable was also charged with using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence causing the death of two victims. If convicted on all counts, Grable faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison, and Smith faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment.

According to court documents, on December 22, 2020, Grable and Smith committed an armed robbery at an apartment complex in Valrico. During the robbery, Grable shot and killed B.B. and M.M on the back patio of the apartment.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diego F. Novaes.

Updated March 29, 2022

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime