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Friday, May 19, 2017

Miami-Dade Resident Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Committing Six Armed Robberies

A Miami-Dade resident was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for committing six armed robberies throughout Miami-Dade County.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney; Peter J. Forcelli, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division; Juan Perez, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD); Daniel Oates, Chief, Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD); Rene Landa, Chief, South Miami Police Department; Edward Hudak Jr., Chief, Coral Gables Police Department; Samuel Ceballos, Jr., Chief, Pinecrest Police Department; and Rodolfo Llanes, Chief, City of Miami Police Department (MPD), made the announcement.

Zeddrick Smith, 46, previously pled guilty to the armed robberies. Yesterday, U.S. Chief District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced Smith to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

According to the court record, Smith committed six armed robberies. On November 24, 2016, November 27, 2016, November 29, 2016, December 6, 2016, December 8, 2016, and December 11, 2016, Smith robbed various victims at gunpoint at restaurants and food stores in South Florida.  Pursuant to the investigation, officers recovered the loaded firearm Smith used in the robberies from Smith’s vehicle. At the time of the robberies, Smith was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Mr. Greenberg commends the investigative efforts of ATF, MDPD, Miami Beach Police Department, South Miami Police Department, Coral Gables Police Department, Pinecrest Police Department, and MPD in relation to this case.  This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marianne Curtis from the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

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