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Jail time for Cloquet man convicted in 2012 carjacking

A Cloquet man will spend 138 days in jail for a 2012 carjacking in Superior.

Cheyenne Allen Smith, 20, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court on Jan. 17 to an amended charge of take-and-drive of a vehicle without consent as a party to a crime. He was sentenced to 138 days in jail and two years of probation. He also was ordered to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation, provide a DNA sample and pay $268 in court costs. Charges of obstructing an officer and possession of synthetic marijuana were dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Superior man gave four men, including Smith and a man named Jesse Jay Bohanon, a ride to a Duluth residence when their vehicle broke down at a Superior bar the morning of Oct. 11, 2012.

The victim got a call from them later asking for a ride back to the vehicle, which had a dead battery. After picking them up and dropping them off at their car, the Superior man decided to get an energy drink at Wal-Mart. As he was in the right turn lane on Tower Avenue at North 37th Street, Smith and another man -- allegedly Bohanon -- accosted him.

The victim said Smith pointed a gun at him and entered the vehicle with the other male. They demanded the Superior man's money.

The victim was able to exit the vehicle and run toward Arby's.

The two men drove off in the car, which later was found abandoned near Tamarack, Minn.

Superior police arrested Smith a week later while investigating a car-prowling incident.

When questioned by Superior police, Smith admitted he and Bohanon took the victim's car. He said Bohanon put a chokehold on the Superior man and started screaming at him to give them the car.

The victim got out the driver's door, and the suspects drove off. Smith denied the pair used a weapon.

Bohanon, 20, of Duluth faces a charge of felony operating a motor vehicle without consent while possessing a weapon. A bench warrant was issued for Bohanon on April 26 when he failed to make a scheduled court appearance. It remains active.

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