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August 10, 2015

Kansas City Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery, Attempted Casino Robbery

KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing a bank and attempting to rob a casino.

James T. Smith, 63, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to 16 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. Today’s sentence includes a two-year consecutive prison term for violating his supervised release on a 1996 bank robbery in Eau Claire, Wis., by committing these crimes. The court also ordered Smith to pay $1,053 in restitution to Commerce Bank.

Smith was convicted at trial on Nov. 19, 2014. Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Smith used a demand note to steal $1,053 from Commerce Bank, 118 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, Mo., on May 18, 2013. Just after midnight the next morning, Smith threatened a cashier in an unsuccessful attempt to rob the Isle of Capri Casino, 1800 E. Front St., Kansas City, Mo. In both instances, Smith used a demand note and verbally threatened to blow up the bank and casino with nitroglycerin.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christina Y. Tabor and Justin Davids. It was investigated by the FBI, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Gaming Division.

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