October 9, 2018 - Palm Bay Man Receives Life Sentence For Home Invasion Robbery of Disabled Seniors

On August 9, 2018 a Brevard County Jury found STEVEN HARRISON SMITH II (34) guilty of Home Invasion Robbery (F1), and Burglary of a Dwelling with a Battery (F1-PBL), in a January 2nd, 2018 incident at the Palm Bay home of an elderly and disabled brother and sister.

Today (Oct. 9) Judge Stephen Koons sentenced SMITH to Life in prison for Burglary, 30 years in prison for the Home Invasion, and 10 years in prison on all remaining counts. SMITH was sentenced as a Prison Releasee Reoffender and a Habitual Felony Offender.

In the case prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Justin Keen and Greg Hansen, SMITH was also convicted of Abuse of an Elderly Person or Disabled Adult (F3); Criminal Use of Personal Information Person >60 (F2); Solicitation to Tamper w/Evidence (F3); and Unlawful Use of a Communication Device (F3).

ASA Justin Keen said, "This outcome ensures that Mr. SMITH will spend the rest of his life in prison and ends his repeated and long standing victimization of our community." He added, "I can't think of any circumstance where SMITH's freedom wouldn't present a threat to society and this sentence reflects that."

In January of 2018, Palm Bay Police arrested SMITH for kicking in the front door of William and Barbara Raabe, taking cash and credit cards. When William, who is in his 70's and legally blind, tried to resist, SMITH repeatedly pushed him to the floor. SMITH was identified using the victim's credit cards at Walmart, minutes after the burglary.

 

Todd Brown
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