DATE: October 12, 2021

CASE: Jose Smith (Case #19FE017054)

PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Matthew Moore, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit

Jose Smith was convicted by a jury of home invasion robbery with the use of a firearm, two counts of attempted home invasion robbery, 18 counts of residential burglary, evading a police officer, child endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Smith and several co-conspirators burglarized the homes of 15 separate victims in Sacramento County, Placer County and El Dorado County between January and April of 2019.  In several of these incidents, the victims were home when Smith and his co-conspirators robbed or attempted to rob them using force. When officers attempted to arrest Smith, he led officers on a chase with his infant daughter in the backseat.  When Smith was ultimately apprehended, he was found with several items of stolen property, including a stolen handgun and large amounts of stolen ammunition.  More than 70 firearms that were taken by Smith and his co-conspirators were never recovered.

A prior 2004 strike conviction for first-degree residential burglary will be determined at the sentencing hearing.

Smith faces a maximum sentence of 67 years and 10 months in prison.  Sentencing is set for November 5, 2021, at 1:35 p.m. in Department 4 before the Honorable Steve White.