A man who inflicted heavy damage to the inside of a convenience store, then hurled full beer cans at two people inside, has been sentenced to serve a year in jail.
Edtavis Lequan Smith, 27, was given an 11-month, 29-day sentence by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on Tuesday with all of the time to be served in jail. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the store for damages that are estimated to be more than $1,000.
Smith entered pleas to charges of vandalism and assault – threat of bodily harm.
The incident which led to his arrest occurred in December at the Shell on N. Chancery Street. Police officers were dispatched to that location in regard to “a male subject destroying the store,” according to the warrant for Smith’s arrest.
When police officer Andy Aguilar arrived, he saw “multiple shelves thrown to the ground and the glass doors broken on multiple drink coolers.” The officer noted Smith smelled heavily of alcohol.
“When asked why Mr. Smith destroyed the store, he stated he was tired of being out on the streets and was unable to feed and take care of himself,” the warrant says. “Officers on scene spoke with two subjects inside the store during the altercation who stated that the male subject had taken beers from inside the coolers and thrown them in an attempt to strike them.”
The two people were not physically injured.