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Guilty plea in jewelry shop heist

The second of three men charged in a violent jewelry store robbery in June pleaded guilty Thursday in Allen Superior Court.

Theron A. Smith, 20, of the 3100 block of Elmdale Drive, pleaded guilty to robbery. He admitted to robbing Do’s Jewelers at 2809 E. State Blvd.

According to court documents, two men robbed the jewelry store, putting a gun to the head of the owner after she took out the trash. Once inside, they fought with the owner’s 54-year-old husband, pistol-whipping him with a handgun. They also fired a gun inside, though no one was hit, court records said.

The men ran from the store without any money and were seen on surveillance video of nearby businesses, according to court documents.

Under the terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Smith will be sentenced to 25 years in prison, with 20 years to be served, five years suspended and four years to be served on probation, according to prosecutors.

Smith is scheduled for sentencing next month.

Also charged in the case was Stafford Staples, 18, of the 2400 block of Marcy Lane. In September, he pleaded guilty to aiding robbery. Staples has yet to be sentenced.

The third man charged in the case is Carl Johnson, 20, of the 4000 block of Oliver Street. He faces charges of robbery causing injury, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness.

Prosecutors said Johnson was one of two men shot in a drive-by shooting Sunday night.

He is scheduled for trial in late July.

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