- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of shooting and injuring a Fargo restaurant employee during a robbery has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Carl Smith is one of five people charged in federal court for the September 2015 robbery at a Taco John’s restaurant. Authorities say Smith shot an employee in the leg.

Smith pleaded guilty in April to two counts, including use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The incident was one of a rash of armed robberies in Fargo 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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