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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 12, 2018

HOT SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 12 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR BANK ROBBERY

 

          Hot Springs, Arkansas - Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Henry Smith, age 67, of Hot Springs, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Bank Robbery. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Hot Springs.

            According to court records, in November 2017, officers with the Hot Springs Police Department were dispatched to Citizens Bank on Airport Road regarding a bank robbery.  The investigation revealed that Smith entered the bank wearing a ski mask and gloves.  Smith demanded the teller to put money into a bag that he placed on the counter and represented that he possessed a firearm.  Within minutes, officers from the Hot Springs Police Department responded to the area, viewed surveillance footage and observed Smith going into a nearby building.  Smith was subsequently located and taken into custody.  The currency taken from the bank was recovered.  

            Smith was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2017 and pled guilty on March 5, 2018.  Smith has a lengthy criminal history that includes prior convictions for bank robbery.

This case was investigated by the Hot Springs Police Department and assisted by the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @ www.pacer.gov

Updated October 12, 2018