Defendant Convicted for Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery of Brinks Guard
DATE:March 5, 2018
CASE: Gilbert Smith (Case #16FE013303)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney James Wax, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
Gilbert Smith was convicted by a jury of attempted murder, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true the allegation that Smith personally and intentionally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury.
On July 8, 2016, Smith robbed a Brinks guard as he transported a large sum of money from the Golden One credit union to his armored vehicle. Smith was dressed as a construction worker with a mask, sunglasses and bandana covering his face. Once the Brinks guard exited the bank, Smith approached the guard with a .40 caliber handgun and shot him. He then grabbed the money and engaged in a shootout with the injured guard, who shot Smith several times. Both men were transported to the hospital and received emergency treatment. The guard suffered serious injuries, including an infected lung and fractured rib that required multiple surgeries.
Smith has a prior 1994 drug sales conviction and has a pending armed robbery case (#16FE005509).
Smith faces a maximum sentence of 32 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for April 23, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 20 before the Honorable Michael Bowman.