Assault, robbery, theft incarcerates ex-boyfriend

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Smyrna man broke into his ex-girlfriend's home here, assaulted her, threatened to kill her and robbed her one night last July, city police said in a case that led to the man's guilty plea Thursday.

Now, Robert Lee "Rob" Smith, 44, faces at least 2-1/2 years in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction before he's eligible for a Parole Board hearing on whether he should be released before spending all of his seven-year term incarcerated.

Smith had been scheduled for trial Thursday, but one day earlier he pleaded guilty to Marshall County Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler after state prosecutors explained what they intended to prove had the case gone to trial. Smith pleaded guilty to three of the nine charges issued by the grand jury in August.

Crigler handed down a seven-year sentence on the aggravated robbery charge. It's to be served at 35 percent, meaning after Smith serves 2-1/2 years incarcerated, then he may have a parole hearing. A four-year sentence was handed down on a theft of property charge. A domestic assault charge resulted in a jail term of 11 months and 29 days. Those terms are to be served concurrently, but the longest term is "consecutive to any other unexpired sentence," according to the sentencing order that didn't indicate what other sentence might end later.

Three kidnapping charges and three theft charges were set aside with a notation that they're dismissed or not prosecuted.

That allows the state to revisit those charges if there's a legal problem with rulings on the others.