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Third man sentenced in White Jewelers robbery, shooting

Liz Evans Scolforo
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The final defendant in a violent 2012 robbery at a York Township jewelry story has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

Timothy Forbes Jr.

Timothy N. Forbes Jr., 34, of Allentown, appeared in Harrisburg's federal court Thursday for sentencing, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. He pleaded guilty in September to committing the robbery.

He was one of three men who held up White Jewelers in the St. Charles Way Center about 10:30 a.m. July 12, 2012, according to court records. They stole 53 Rolex watches valued at more than a half-million dollars, federal officials have said.

Life in prison for robber who shot White Jewelers owner

During the holdup, co-defendant Jesse A. Brewer, 41, of Queens, New York, shot store owner John White multiple times, police have said. White was left permanently disabled, federal officials said.

Brewer was sentenced Feb. 24 in federal court to life in prison plus 20 years, according to the federal prosecutor's office. He previously pleaded guilty to robbery and firearms charges.

Jesse A. Brewer

Co-defendant Jamell Smallwood, 42, of Allentown, previously pleaded guilty to the robbery and was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison, according to the release.

All three men were initially charged in York County. They will not be tried here because federal prosecutors took over the case, York County District Attorney's Office spokesman Kyle King has said.

White Jewelers has since closed.

The background: White, who was 57 at the time, suffered three gunshot wounds — to the abdomen, left arm and shoulder/chest area, police have said.

York Area Regional Police filed charges against Smallwood after the FBI found him being treated for a gunshot wound in New York City's Brooklyn Hospital, police have said.

Police said it appears Smallwood was accidentally shot by one of his fellow robbers after walking out of a back room of the store and startling the gunman during what was described as a chaotic situation.

Jamell Smallwood

$4M robbery: Forbes was one of five men arrested for the robbery of a Connecticut jewelry store during which $4 million worth of jewelry, watches and diamonds were stolen, according to police.

When Forbes was captured in his home, investigators found $13,000 cash, police said.

A group of men wearing masks and gloves broke into an apartment in Meriden, Connecticut, in April 2013 and bound and gagged four people, including the manager and another employee of a Lenox Jewelry store in nearby Fairfield, according to police.

The two employees were placed in the manager's BMW at gunpoint and driven about 40 miles to the store, where they were forced to open the door and to use their access codes to open the safe, authorities have said.

The White Jewelers robbery was investigated by York Area Regional Police and the FBI, with help from Allentown Police and New York City Police.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.