SACRAMENTO, CA—Raymell Lamar Eason, 42, and Keith Lamont Smith, 36, both of Sacramento were indicted today by a federal grand jury for interference with commerce by robbery, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force that includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sacramento Police Department, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, on April 17, 2012, Eason and Smith parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot on Florin Road in Sacramento with an activated Taser gun. Allegedly, the two men were waiting for a Garda Logistics Services armored car that they planned to rob when the guard left the Wal-Mart with its currency deposits. Eason is alleged to have shot the guard with the Taser while Smith waited in their getaway vehicle. The robbery was unsuccessful and the Garda armored car guard reportedly shot Eason during his flight. According to court records, Eason and Smith were arrested shortly after the botched robbery.
Both defendants are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman in Sacramento on Tuesday July 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. They face up to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, if they are convicted, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables and any applicable statutory sentencing factors.
The charges are only accusations, and each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.