Greg Smith
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Greg Smith is being held at Indianapolis' Marion County Jail. He's charged with six felony counts and two misdemeanors. On October 22 a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Out of work, Greg now says he turned to crime out of desperation to provide for his girlfriendand 2-year-old daughter. "I just didn't want to see my family out on the street. I hadn't had a job in a year or more, and I got tired of seeing my girlfriend struggling and crying all the time and me feeling like lesser of a man because I can't provide for my family," he says. "I'm not condoning it, but that's why I got to that point and like I said, I regret it."

Greg says he never planned on hurting Angela and left the money alone once he saw how frightened Angela was. "Seeing her like that, it just brought me back to reality, and I just didn't feel like I could go through with it."

Meeting Angela, he says, was a moment of divine intervention. "No one has ever talked to me the way that she did. ... She made me feel comfortable, and something just made me open up to her," he says. "I felt honestly something that I had never felt before at that moment. Honestly, I don't even think it was Miss Angela talking to me. I actually think it was the man upstairs talking to me through Angela."
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Published on October 23, 2009

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