By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Charlotte, N.C. man convicted of robbing the Fairlawn Radio Shack in 2012 is asking the court to reduce his eight-year sentence because it’s burdensome to him and his family.
Shelton Jamal Smith, 25, has filed a motion in Pulaski County Circuit Court asking the court to reconsider “the lengthy period of incarceration” recommended by a jury last April. The court imposed the sentence in July, but Smith wants a reduction in “the active period of incarceration” because it “imposes a tremendous burden on (him) and his family.”
Smith, who was convicted of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, chose to be tried by a jury, while his co-defendants entered into plea agreements with the prosecution.
Cedric Bernard Gillum, 24, of Salem pleaded guilty to robbery without threat and was sentenced to serve two years, two months of a 15-year prison sentence. Tawaan Maurice Batten, 22, of Charlotte entered into the same type of plea agreement as Gillum, with the exception that he has to serve four years of a 15-year sentence.
The court is scheduled to hear the motion this morning. Smith also filed an appeal of his conviction to Virginia Court of Appeals in August, but no ruling has been made by that court.