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Violent felon sentenced for attempted assault on federal officer | U.S. District Court
A repeat offender who attempted to shoot a U.S. Marshal while handcuffed, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 15 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.
Joseph Robert Smith, 41, was arrested by the U.S. Marshal Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force on October 23, 2012. In the course of the arrest, Smith attempted to use a handgun he had hidden in his waistband to shoot one of the federal officers on the arrest team. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan imposed the sentence which will run concurrent with a 249 month sentencing in state court for four armed robberies.