The Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue   Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow

July 19, 2010

Contact: John Holl
(908) 527-4621

North Carolina Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison


A North Carolina man was sentenced to 50 years in prison last Friday, after being found guilty of 1st Degree armed robbery, 2nd Degree aggravated assault and weapon offences, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Following a two week trial last May, a jury convicted Burton Smith DOB: 12/26/1983 of Fayetteville, N.C. for his role in a March 6, 2009 attack in Hillside, according to Assistant Prosecutor Joshua McMahon, who prosecuted the case.

According to the investigation Smith, a confirmed member of the Bloods Street Gang, was in a car with his girlfriend staked out in front of a check-cashing store on Liberty Avenue in Hillside. When a customer exited the store following a transaction, Smith, jumped from the vehicle, attacked the victim, stabbing him numerous times, stealing his cash, wallet and other items and leaving him for dead, said McMahon.

Due to the excellent police work by members of the Hillside and Union Township Police Department, Smith was arrested the following day at the Garden State Motor Lodge on Rt. 22. His girlfriend, Christina Rourke-Moore was also arrested. She was tried along with Smith and was found guilty of 3rd degree theft, according to McMahon.

During the sentencing on Friday, Judge Joseph Perfilio called Smith “a predator” before sentencing him to the 50 years in state prison.