Halethorpe man convicted in warehouse robbery, shooting
A federal jury convicted a Halethorpe man for his role in an attempted 2018 robbery of a restaurant supply warehouse in South Baltimore during which an employee was shot. Alex “Skeet” Smith was found guilty Friday on charges of conspiracy to commit a commercial robbery, attempted robbery, and using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Smith, 34, faces as much as 20 years in prison for the commercial robbery, and a possible maximum sentence of life “for aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm” during the incident on Dec. 5, 2018. That latter charge has a a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. Smith, along with 34-year-old Cornell “Chopper” Slater, of Odenton, attempted to rob the Restaurant Depot warehouse where Slater was previously employed, according to Slater’s Jan. 3 guilty plea and trial evidence.