*Indianapolis, IN— Damon Smithson, a 54-year-old resident of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to twenty-two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges related to an armed robbery at a Shell Gas station on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
According to court documents, the incident occurred on November 28, 2022, when Smithson entered the gas station and, finding no one at the counter, located an employee outside. Armed with a small revolver, Smithson ordered the employee to enter the business and hand over all the money in the cash register. The employee complied, and Smithson fled the scene with the stolen cash.
Smithson's arrest took place on December 13, 2022, by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). During the arrest, law enforcement officers discovered a small .38 caliber revolver in his possession, matching the firearm used during the robbery.
The charges against Smithson included interference with commerce by robbery, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and unlawfully possessing a firearm. His criminal record revealed prior convictions, including armed robbery and two separate counts of robbery, making his possession of a firearm illegal under federal law as a convicted felon.
In light of his guilty plea, Smithson received a twenty-two-year federal prison sentence for his involvement in the armed robbery and firearm-related offenses. This case highlights the severity of consequences for repeat offenders engaged in violent criminal activities, emphasizing the commitment to public safety by local law enforcement and the justice system.