Longview man gets 20 years for beating, robbing man of clothes, making him eat grass

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Longview man has pleaded guilty to his part in the robbery and beating of another man last May.

Devonte Allen Smith, 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree engaging in organized criminal activity and accepted a 20-year prison sentence.

Smith and three other men, Edrick Meridy, Kaleb Bush and Datreveon Williams, were arrested in June following the investigation of a May 19 robbery.

According to a previous report, Longview Police received a phone call that a black man was observed running northbound on South High Street without any clothes on.

The man told officers that he had gone to the Treehouse Apartments with friends and was approached by four black men, armed with handguns. He stated that the men demanded he give them everything, including his clothing. He also said he tried to run but tripped and was pistol whipped. He was forced to hand over his phone and his clothes and then was told to eat grass. He said the men then told him to leave and he took off running to his father's house where he called police.

On May 22, another man was brought in to the police station in reference to an unrelated aggravated robbery. During the interview, he told officials that he knew about the robbery at Treehouse Apartments. He was able to identify the four men and the victim then confirmed the identities.

Meridy is scheduled for a trial on June 18. Bush accepted a 30-year prison sentence on April 16. Court records show Williams had a probation sentence revoked and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison last November.

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