- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of shooting an employee in the leg during a robbery at a Fargo restaurant has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Twenty-four-year-old Carl Eugene Smith, of Fargo, is charged with two counts, including use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years.

Smith is one of four people charged in the September 2015 robbery at a Taco John’s in south Fargo. It was one of a rash of armed robberies in September that convinced federal prosecutors to take on some of the cases.

The Hobbs Act allows for federal prosecution if the crime involves interstate commerce. Taco John’s gets food from Minnesota and uses payroll services from South Dakota.

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