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Shreveport men sentenced for robbing businesses at gunpoint

U. S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Myles Robinson, 21, and Halston Smith, 22, were sentenced to 314 years in prison and 138 years in prison, respectively, by U.S. District
U. S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Myles  Robinson, 21, and Halston Smith, 22, were sentenced to 314 years in prison and 138 years in prison, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote for a string of armed robberies in Louisiana and Texas.

The defendants were also ordered to pay $17,681.31 and $8,033.31 in restitution, respectively.

After a four-day trial that ended on Jan. 16 Robinson was found guilty of all 27 counts of the indictment, and Smith was found guilty of 13 counts. According to testimony and evidence presented at the trial, the robberies took place between June 2012, and Nov. 2012, at 15 businesses in Louisiana and Texas, with the men stealing in excess of $20,000.

In some instances, money was taken from employees and patrons. In most of the robberies, a firearm or firearms were brandished. In at least one robbery, a firearm was discharged into the ceiling of a business in Caddo Parish.

Businesses were robbed in Shreveport, Bossier City, Stonewall, Oil City, and Atlanta, Texas. In addition to Robinson and Smith, two other defendants, James Tyson, 22, and Tremario Washington, 24, took part in the robberies.

Washington pleaded guilty in June 2013, and Tyson pleaded guilty in July 2013, to one count of conspiracy and one count of using firearms during a crime of violence.

On Feb. 5 Tyson was sentenced to 111 months in prison and Washington was sentenced to 108 months in prison. They both received three years supervised release.


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