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Sacramento men sentenced to prison in attempted armored-car robbery

Two men who pleaded guilty to attempting to rob an armored car outside a Florin Road Walmart store were sentenced Monday in federal court in Sacramento.

U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb sentenced Sacramento residents Raymell Lamar Eason, 44, to 18 years and eight months in prison, and Keith Lamont Smith, 38, to 17 years and eight months in prison for conspiring to rob an armored car and attempted robbery of an armored car, according to a U.S Attorney’s Office news release.

Court documents show that on April 17, 2012, Eason and Smith planned to rob an armored car in the Walmart parking lot on Florin Road in Sacramento. The two had conducted surveillance and planned to used a Taser gun on an armored car guard.

Eason and Smith waited for the guard to leave the store with currency deposits, then Eason shot the guard with the Taser, authorities said. Smith waited nearby in the getaway vehicle.

The guard, however, recovered faster than anticipated and was able to shoot Eason.

Eason was arrested after the botched robbery, and Smith was arrested later the same day.

Both men were on federal supervision for prior criminal offenses at the time of the attempted robbery, authorities said.

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