Robber seeking reduction in burdensome sentence



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.



7 Responses to Robber seeking reduction in burdensome sentence

  1. PC Mom

    October 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Seriously? A burden to his family? Unbelievable, I certainly hope his sentence is not reduced!

  2. "BURDEN"

    October 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    What about the burden that he put on the person that he robbed by an fireman? He had the opportunity of a plea deal (wth?) but chose not to take it therefore he should have to serve the sentence that he was given by the jury! Why does so many people think that they are above the law? He made the choice of robbery with a firearm so he should have to face his punishment.

  3. Lola

    October 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    It has finally happened, I’m speechless.

  4. Larry

    October 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm


  5. Charlene

    October 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

    People should consider these thing BEFORE breaking the law.

  6. Va Girl

    October 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

    He’s just lucky one of the store owners wasn’t armed and shot/killed him. He should be thankful to be breathing.

  7. Cindy Akers

    October 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

    He didn’t have much sympathy for the people he robbed, didn’t bother to think how he was burdening them, but he thinks he deserves special consideration. I’d say he’s right where he belongs, should have gotten a longer sentence, and in my opinion, his family would be less burdened if he stayed in jail. They won’t have to worry about him killing somebody on his next robbery!
    Anybody that let’s him out ought to have to serve the remainder of his time.

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