Salisbury Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Armed Robbery


Image courtesy Wicomico County State’s Attorney

A Salisbury man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison – with 5 years of that sentence without the possibility of parole. Senior Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County sentenced 25 year old Kendal Smiley last week after his jury conviction in January of armed robbery, 1st degree assault and weapons offenses. Following his release, Smiley will be on five (5) years of supervised probation. His sentencing has been postponed pending the completion of a pre-sentence investigation.

Court records show that in March of 2022 Smiley stole a handgun from a relative and covered himself in a grey hooded sweatshirt, red sweatpants, and a red plastic mask before entering the Pizza City on Carroll Street. Immediately upon entering he pointed the handgun at two employees and robbed the store of the money within the cash register. After fleeing Pizza City, Smiley discarded his clothing in the relative’s backyard trashcan and fled the area. Police made initial contact with Smiley in the area approximately ten minutes after the robbery took place, but his clothing did not match the clothing description provided by the victims. Smiley was released from police contact, and continued to a local hotel to use the stolen money to pay for his stay. Shortly thereafter, police located the clothing items and mask that were discarded in the trash can. The items were sent for DNA analysis which confirmed that Smiley was the individual that wore all three items.