ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Three Albany men enter guilty pleas immediately after a mistrial is declared during deliberations in their armed robbery trial.
During the second day of deliberations Friday, a juror knew from a WALB.com story that Shenard Smith was already serving a life prison sentence for murder, and told the rest of the panel.
The juror told the rest of the panel he had seen the information in a WALB news story.
Jurors were not informed of his previous conviction during the trial, and were warned not to look at news accounts of the trial. The jury foreman informed the judge about the prejudicial statement, and a mistrial was declared.
Shenard Smith, Antwan Smith, and Christopher Simmons then all entered guilty pleas to armed robbery and aggravated assault.
They were all given 15 year sentences. Shenard Smith will serve the first six years in prison. Antwan Smith to serve the first five in prison, and Simmons four years in prison.