Convicted Bank Robber Indicted For Escape

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FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Derek T. Smith, age 54, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and previously of Maryland, was indicted on April 27, 2022, by a federal grand jury on escape charges.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment alleges that on April 21, 2022, Smith escaped from custody of the Capital Pavilion Residential Reentry Center in Dauphin County, where he was confined following his conviction for Bank Robbery.  Following the escape, he was apprehended on April 23, 2022. 

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Johnny Baer is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 5 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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