armed bank robber is sentenced to more than 15 years | USAO-WDNC

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced that Terie Smith, 42, of Wingate, North Carolina, was sentenced to 188 months in prison and five years of supervised release in prison for bank robbery at gunpoint.

Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in North Carolina, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, on December 24, 2018, Smith robbed the SunTrust bank branch located at 1935 Galleria Blvd in Charlotte. Court records show Smith walked into the bank wearing an orange ski mask. At the time, three bank tellers were working. Smith carried a briefcase in one hand and a gun in the other. After Smith walked into the bank, he approached each teller and asked for money. The cashiers handed Smith $21,742 and Smith fled. Smith was arrested on January 15, 2019. At the time he committed the armed bank robbery, Smith was on probation for a previous federal bank robbery conviction in 2003. Smith has also previously been convicted of Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault on a Woman and Second Degree Criminal Kidnapping. Under federal sentencing law, Smith received an enhanced sentence as a career offender, based on his prior convictions.

Smith is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The FBI and CMPD investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cortney Randall and Matthew Warren handled the prosecution.

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