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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on August 12, 2013, Milwaukee resident Keith A.G. Smith appeared before Milwaukee County Circuit Court Commissioner Maria S. Dorsey who found probable cause that Smith committed felonies. Accordingly, the Court bound him over for trial. Smith has been charged in a criminal complaint with five counts of felony theft from person. Each count is a Class G Felony, and carries a maximum possible penalty of a fine not to exceed $25,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 10 years, or both.
After being bound over for trial, the State filed an information re-alleging the five charges, and Smith was arraigned. Smith has entered pleas of not guilty to the charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Smith committed five thefts from person where he approached female victims and stole their cell-phones right from their hands. Smith did this from July 7, 2013, until his apprehension on July 20, 2013.
A criminal complaint is a document that alleges that a crime was committed by a person or a corporation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the City of Milwaukee Police Department. Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort is representing the State of Wisconsin as special prosecutor in this criminal prosecution.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.