Man spared 60-year prison sentence faces judge after recent arrest

Herbert Smith, 24, accused of burglarizing Parkland home

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Herbert Smith had a chance for redemption after his 60-year prison sentence was suspended last year, but recent charges have him back in jail.

Local 10 News was in court Thursday morning as Smith appeared in front of a Broward County judge.

Smith, 24, was facing 60 years in prison for a series of robberies last year, but leaders in the community rallied on his behalf, and Judge Matthew Destry suspended his sentence.

After his release, Smith got a full-time job and appeared to be turning his life around.

"I can't believe it. I'm living a regular life like everyone else," Smith said during a March 2016 interview.

However, Smith's former boss said he stopped working months ago.

Smith was arrested Monday on charges of burglary, probation violation and grand theft.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said Smith and another man burglarized a Parkland home in September, stealing about $30,000 in jewelry. The stolen jewelry included the victims' wedding rings, diamond bracelets and earrings.

Smith's sentence was reduced to 15 years of probation, but he could be headed back to prison.

He is expected to return to court Friday morning after finding a lawyer to represent him.

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