Halethorpe man con­victed in ware­house rob­bery, shoot­ing

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - — Tay­lor DeVille

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.

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