Man who took a hostage, fired guns in robbery gets life

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to life without parole for a robbery involving hostages at a used car dealership in Parkland. The News Tribune reports jurors found Randy Smith guilty last week in Pierce County Superior Court of robbery, attempted robbery, kidnapping, six counts of assault and two counts of unlawful gun possession. The verdict was Smith’s third strike under the state’s three-strikes law, meaning a life sentence was mandatory. Defense attorney Mark Quigley said that if the Legislature reconsiders the three-strikes law in the future, he’d like to think his client could “be given some hope” at release one day.