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KC Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Armed Restaurant Robbery

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

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the armed robbery of Pancho’s Mexican Food.


Jamane J. Smith, 31, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to 25 years in federal prison without parole.


On Nov. 18, 2015, Smith pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence. Smith admitted that he robbed Pancho’s Mexican Food, 3540 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., on Feb. 2, 2014. Smith admitted that he used and carried a handgun during the commission of the robbery.


According to court documents, Smith ordered a meal at Pancho’s and attempted to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill. When told the counterfeit bill would not be accepted, Smith pulled a gun hanging from his waist, pointed it at the Pancho’s employee and stated, “Give me the money.” The employee handed him $200 and Smith left the restaurant.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudolph R. Rhodes, IV. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.

Updated May 17, 2016

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