May 13, 2015

Charleston Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Home Invasion Robbery

CHARLESTON, WV—United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Robert J. Smith, 36, of Charleston, West Virginia was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for aiding and abetting a robbery affecting interstate commerce. On April 22, 2012, Smith, Robert Barcliff, Keith Glenn, and William Seltzer carried out an armed, home-invasion robbery in Marmet, West Virginia, of drug dealers they believed to be from Detroit, Michigan, and who they expected to have drugs and cash from the illegal drug sales. Barcliff and Smith dressed in dark clothing and stormed the apartment at gunpoint. They stole drug proceeds from the apartment and then fled from the scene. During the robbery, a firearm was discharged inside the apartment.

Smith was sentenced to 70 months in prison for the armed robbery, and upon completion of that sentence, to serve an additional 37 months for violation of a period of supervised release. Smith was on supervised release at the time of the home invasion for a previous drug conviction.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Charleston Police Department, and Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the prosecution.