A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to three charges in connection with robbing a convenience store, trying to rob a motel and assaulting a police officer one March night.
Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ordered that Billy Wayne Smith serve 18 years in prison after Smith pleaded guilty to armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and first-degree assault. Remaining charges and a fourth case were dropped in exchange for his pleas.
Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said that on March 2 at about 11:40 p.m., Smith walked into 7-Eleven on Leitersburg Pike and asked for a pack of Newport cigarettes. When the clerk came back with the cigarettes, Smith "had his hand stuffed down his pants and told him, 'Give me all your money or I'll blow your head off,'" Cirincion said.
Smith made off with $155, which was ordered Tuesday to be paid back once he is released from prison. Smith was found driving a Dodge, a description and tags for which an incoming customer took down, a short distance away, Cirincion said.