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Rankin man pleads guilty to robbing, shooting jitney driver

| Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, 3:57 p.m.
Bernard Carter, left, and Dahrayl Smith
Bernard Carter, left, and Dahrayl Smith

One of two men accused of critically wounding a jitney driver in an attempted robbery in North Braddock will serve five to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted homicide charges Monday, officials said.

Police and prosecutors said Bernard Carter, 26, of Rankin, was one of two men who took a ride with jitney driver Cecil Mobley from Rivers Casino, where he and Dahrayl Smith had just gotten into an argument and pointed a gun at two other men in the early morning of Feb. 25, 2017.

According to a criminal complaint, Carter and Smith directed Mobley down a dead-end street in North Braddock and demanded his money, shooting him multiple times as he brought his vehicle to a stop and fled. Police found him in a Dunbar Street yard , his empty GMC Acadia parked nearby.

Security camera footage from the casino led police to Smith and Carter, though Smith initially denied that he and Carter had shot Mobley.

Carter pleaded guilty Monday before Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Randal Todd to attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy; Todd sentenced him to two concurrent sentences of five to 15 years in prison.

Smith is still awaiting trial on the same charges. He is currently scheduled for a jury trial in April.

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