Deanthony Smith is facing 12 ½ years in prison for robbery, false imprisonment and gun charges. His victims were in court Wednesday to hear that sentence handed down.
A victim and a member of the suspect's family embracing made for an unusual sight at the Douglas County Courthouse. That came in spite of the fact that the victim still feels the terror more than a year later.
Katie said, "It's really hard, still. It's hard to go out anymore or to just function at night sometimes. Just going out is scary still."
In January, 2013, Katie and Joel left Blue Moon Fitness at 108th and Maple. As they walked to their car at 11 p.m., three men with a gun grabbed them, split the couple into two cars and forced them to an ATM two miles away, all the while threatening to take them to a park to shoot them.
"It made such a big impact on both of our lives that we're just glad that it's over," Katie said.
On Wednesday, Smith stood before a judge and pleaded No Contest to robbery, false imprisonment and gun charges. He told the judge that he apologizes for disrespecting the law. The judge told Smith he'll spend the next 12-and-a-half years in prison before ever getting the chance to get out.
Smith said he never intended to hurt anyone and was just in it for the money. He just had a little girl and told his attorney, “I want her to be better than her father.”
Another suspect awaits trial in this case. The third was a teenager and he’s going through the juvenile court system.