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Cameron Co. man sentenced in carjacking case
Man will spent more than 14 years in prison
By: Marc Stempka
EMPORIUM, Pa. -- A Cameron County man was sentenced Monday in connection with an August 2012 carjacking in Emporium.
The U.S. Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Thomas Edward Smith, 59, of Emporium, was sentenced Nov. 1 to 171 months in prison and three years of supervised release by Chief U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner.
Edward Smith was found guilty of carjacking, brandishing a gun during a crime of violence and receiving a stolen firearm after a three-day trial in August.
U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said Edward Smith was pretending to work on a vehicle parked along a street in Emporium when he flagged down a Citizens and Northern Bank employee on Aug. 8, 2012.
He got into the womans vehicle and pulled out a handgun. Peter Smith said Edward Smith told the woman it would be the worst day of her life, because the victim and the bank she worked for had taken his house away due to foreclosure.
Edward Smith told the woman to drive to the Citizens and Northern Bank in Emporium. The victim was able to jump out of the vehicle to escape from Edward Smith, who also jumped from the vehicle, Peter Smith said.
Smith was indicted in the case September 2012. The case was investigated by the Emporium Borough Police, the Cameron County Sheriff, the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI.