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Felon sentenced for washateria carjacking and shooting

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

HOUSTON – A 31-year-old local man has been sent to prison for carjacking and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Zachary Smith, Houston, pleaded guilty Feb. 21.  

Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Randy Crane handed Smith a 41-month-term of imprisonment for the carjacking and another 120 months for the firearms charge which must be served consecutively to the other sentenced imposed. The total 161-month-sentence will be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence that described the Smith’s criminal history.

On Feb. 6, Smith discharged a firearm while carjacking the victim and stealing his vehicle in the parking lot of a washateria on Melbourne Drive. He was also involved in a shooting Feb. 7 on the 2000 block of Broadway Street. On that day, Smith led law enforcement in a pursuit that came to an end when he crashed into a patrol unit.

Smith has been and will remain in custody.

The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston Police Department and Harris County Sherriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Britni Cooper is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 17, 2023

Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses