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Tulsa Robbery Spree Duo Sentenced in Federal Court

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

TULSA, Okla.—Two men responsible for a robbery spree in metro Tulsa were sentenced in United States District Court, announced Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Billy Joe Laverty, 38, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Claire V. Eagan to 25 years in prison for his role in a series of robberies. Laverty pleaded guilty on May 27. On August 14, Laverty’s accomplice, Allen Wayne Smith, 48, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Smith pleaded guilty on May 15. Both men were indicted by a grand jury in April 2015.

Smith and Laverty began their robbery spree on January 17, 2015. The two men carjacked a victim at gunpoint, attempted to rob a Domino’s Pizza in Tulsa, and robbed a convenience store in Jenks, Oklahoma. During the convenience store robbery, Laverty discharged a firearm at the cashier. Smith acted as the getaway driver. On January 24, Tulsa Police officers apprehended both men.

This case was investigated by the Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Jenks Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Neal C. Hong and Jan S. Reincke prosecuted the case.


Updated January 8, 2016