A judge Thursday sentenced Michael D. Smyth, 48, to three years probation and 50 hours of community service for robbing a man at gunpoint, stealing his car, and fleeing police.
A judge Thursday sentenced Michael D. Smyth to three years probation and 50 hours of community service for robbing a man at gunpoint, stealing his car, and fleeing police.
Smyth, 48, Independence, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, all felonies.
Court records give the following account:
On July 20, two Hispanic men met two girls at a bar in Kansas City. They decided to get a room at the Red Roof Inn in Independence.
One of the women went to the motel’s ice machine. Two men forced their way into the room as she returned to the room.
One man, with a “big mustache, chin whiskers and forearm tattoos, was displaying a large-barreled revolver” at the Hispanic men and said “give me everything” in Spanish.
That man, later identified as Smyth, took one of the men’s car keys, cell phone and wallet containing $150 in cash. Smyth then stole a blue 2000 Ford Taurus.
Ten days later, a Blue Springs police officer ran the car’s license plate, and the vehicle came up stolen.
The officer tried to stop the car at Missouri 7 and Mock Avenue in Blue Springs. A chase followed, with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour on Interstate 70.
The driver, Smyth, was weaving in and out of traffic and onto the shoulder. Smyth shut off the headlights in an attempt to elude the pursuing officers.
The chase ended at Lee’s Summit Road and I-70 in Independence when Smyth crashed into a concrete median.
Jackson County Judge John Torrence told Smyth he was giving him a break by waiving court costs and advised him to take advantage of the break.
“You’re too old to be doing things like this,” Torrence said.
Smyth has been incarcerated since the car chase.