Bank Robbery Suspect Sentenced to 17 Years Behind Bars

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

An Odessa man has learned his sentence in connection with an Odessa bank robbery that happened back in 2009.

27-year-old Jerry Dewitt Smith, Jr. was sentenced to 17 years behind bars for robbing the Security State Bank back in November of 2009.

As you may recall, Smith entered the bank, walked directly to a teller, pulled out a firearm and demanded money.  Smith escaped with over $18,000.

Back in January, Smith pleaded guilty to robbing the bank and for brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence.