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41-year-old resident of Dayton, OH, was convicted of a fifth degree felony
May 09, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release May 8, 2007

(Hamilton, OH) Robert B. Smith, Jr., a 41-year-old resident of Dayton, OH, was convicted today by a Butler County jury of Obstructing Justice, a fifth degree felony.

Smith, who manages the "Let's Make A Deal" car lot in Middletown, was found guilty of lying to Middletown Police on May 24, 2006, in an attempt to prevent them from finding Charles E. Martin, III, also of Dayton. Martin, who was found hiding in the dark in an adjacent room of the car lot office, was wanted at the time for robbery out of Dayton.

After announcing the jury's verdict of guilt, the Honorable Judge Michael Sage sentenced Smith to the maximum possible prison term of one year. Among the facts considered noteworthy by Judge Sage was Smith's multiple felony convictions, including a felony drug conviction in February of 2007 in Florida which occurred while Smith's charge was pending.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “Obstructing justice is a very serious charge. It is important to cooperate with the police in the course of an investigation and to intentionally supply false information to the police or to attempt to mislead the police is a crime. Justice cannot occur if the average citizen is not forthcoming and truthful. Smith could have avoided this charge by simply being truthful...it was his choice. The Prosecutor’s Office is grateful the jury saw the importance of the evidence presented and we are equally grateful for Judge Sage’s sentence, which acknowledges the seriousness of someone like Smith attempting to obstruct justice.”

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