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Woman makes court appearance for breaking into Grand Forks apartment

Torri Jem Smithee, 29, of Grand Forks, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, if convicted of burglary.

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A Grand Forks woman made her initial appearance in court on Monday, Feb. 1, on charges of robbery and burglary with threats of serious injury.

Torri Jem Smithee, 29, is accused of breaking into a home in Grand Forks with the intent of stealing a controlled substance.

According to court documents, police were dispatched to the residence in the early morning hours of Jan. 13.

The alleged victim told officers that he had been asleep when he heard a knocking at the window. He assumed the knocking was Smithee, who he knew, so he disregarded the sound.

He then heard a commotion outside his residence. Smithee can be seen on video surveillance forcing entry inside by breaking the door and locking mechanism, according to documents. Court documents indicate that Smithee then placed the victim in a chokehold and searched for meth, despite being told there was none and being asked to leave repeatedly.


If convicted of burglary, the more serious of the two charges, Smithee could face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. She faces an additional five years in prison and $10,000 fine, if convicted of robbery.

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