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William Smith pleads guilty, sentenced for violent robbery of woman, 85, in Mount Penn

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 17 2013 04:29:09 PM CST
Bus surveillance of accused attacker

BARTA / CBRPD

READING, Pa. -

A man who attacked and robbed an 85-year-old woman moments after he followed her off a BARTA bus will spend up to two decades behind bars.

William Zern Smith was sentenced Tuesday to 9-1/2 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery.

Smith knocked Connie Caltagirone to the ground and took her purse after she stepped off the bus in the 1800 block of Perkiomen Avenue in Mount Penn on Aug. 5.

Caltagirone suffered an injury to her face and a broken arm.

Tips led to Smith's arrest hours later after surveillance photos of him board the bus were shown on WFMZ.com and 69 News.