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Rose Cobb murder 12/26/2007 Detroit, MI *Shot to death while she was waiting in her car; Vincent Smothers, hired by her husband, pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison*

Rose Cobb
Rose Cobb

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INMATE INFORMATION

Vincent Brothers

MDOC Number: 295527
SID Number: 2024798W
Name: VINCENT SMOTHERS
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 145 lbs.
Date of Birth: 03/11/1981 (34)
VINCENT SMOTHERS
MDOC STATUS

Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: 04/18/2060
Assigned Location: Alger Correctional Facility
Maximum Discharge Date: 04/18/2110
Security Level: IV
MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Scar- Chest – cut throat
Tattoo- Back – vito
Tattoo- Lower Left Arm – cross
Tattoo- Lower Left Arm – soul
Tattoo- Lower Right Arm – evil
Tattoo- Lower Right Arm – lost
Tattoo- Right Abdomen – forever on my side
Tattoo- Upper Left Arm – D
Tattoo- Upper Left Arm – eye
Tattoo- Upper Left Arm – hesitate
Tattoo- Upper Left Arm – never
Tattoo- Upper Left Arm – rip
Tattoo- Upper Right Arm – 313
Tattoo- Upper Right Arm – rip

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE

Sentence 1
Offense: Weapons – Firearms – Possession by Felon
Minimum Sentence: 1 year 11 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.224F
Maximum Sentence: 5 years 0 months
Court File#: 07402724-FH
Date of Offense: 05/21/2007
County: BerrienDate of Sentence: 10/06/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 2
Offense: Weapons – Firearms – Possession by Felon
Minimum Sentence: 3 years 4 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.224F / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 5 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000606-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 3
Offense: Asslt w/Int to Commit Murder
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.83 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000606-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: WayneDate of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 4
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000606-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 5
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000606-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 6
Offense: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Minimum Sentence: 2 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.227BA
Maximum Sentence: 2 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000606-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 7
Offense: Weapons – Firearms – Possession by Felon
Minimum Sentence: 3 years 4 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.224F / 769.12Maximum Sentence: 5 years 0 months
Court File#: 09009801-01-FCDate of Offense: 05/24/2007
County: WayneDate of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 8
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 09009801-01-FCDate of Offense: 05/24/2007
County: WayneDate of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 9
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 09009801-01-FC
Date of Offense: 05/24/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 10
Offense: Weapons – Felony Firearm
sMinimum Sentence: 2 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.227BA
Maximum Sentence: 2 years 0 months
Court File#: 09009801-01-FC
Date of Offense: 05/24/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 11
Offense: Weapons – Firearms – Possession by Felon
Minimum Sentence: 3 years 4 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.224F / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 5 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000608-01-FCD
ate of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 12
Offense: Asslt w/Int to Commit Murder
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.83 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000608-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 13
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000608-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 14
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000608-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 15
Offense: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Minimum Sentence: 2 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.227BAMaximum Sentence: 2 years 0 months
Court File#: 09000608-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/17/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 16
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08014500-01-FC
Date of Offense: 07/01/2006
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 17
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08014500-01-FC
Date of Offense: 07/01/2006
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 18
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.12
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08014500-01-FC
Date of Offense: 07/01/2006
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 19
Offense: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Minimum Sentence: 2 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.227BA
Maximum Sentence: 2 years 0 months
Court File#: 08014500-01-FC
Date of Offense: 07/01/2006
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 20
Offense: Weapons – Firearms – Possession by Felon
Minimum Sentence: 3 years 4 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.224F / 769.11
Maximum Sentence: 5 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006753-01-FC
Date of Offense: 06/21/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 21
Offense: Asslt w/Int to Commit Murder
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.83 / 769.11
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006753-01-FC
Date of Offense: 06/21/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 22
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.11
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006753-01-FC
Date of Offense: 06/21/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 23
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.11
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006753-01-FC
Date of Offense: 06/21/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 24
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.11
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006753-01-FCDate of Offense: 06/21/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 25
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 / 769.11Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006753-01-FCDate of Offense: 06/21/2007
County: WayneDate of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 26
Offense: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Minimum Sentence: 2 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.227BA
Maximum Sentence: 2 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006753-01-FC
Date of Offense: 06/21/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 27
Offense: Weapons – Firearms – Possession by Felon
Minimum Sentence: 3 years 4 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.224F
Maximum Sentence: 5 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006752-01-FC
Date of Offense: 12/26/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 28
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 50 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: 100 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006752-01-FC
Date of Offense: 12/26/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 29
Offense: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Minimum Sentence: 2 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.227BA
Maximum Sentence: 2 years 0 months
Court File#: 08006752-01-FC
Date of Offense: 12/26/2007
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 07/23/2010
Conviction Type: Plea

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11 Responses

  1. Bonnie.. do you have any more info like names of relatives for Rose Cobb?? I’ma news reporter and I’m trying to follow this story with any new information.

    Thanks, ‘
    Celk 313-418-7728.

  2. I hope they find the idiot who done this..

  3. This is so bad. Whoever did this is going down when their caught. RIP and God bless.

  4. I worked along side of Ms. Cobb for many years. She was extremely caring, kind, full of grace and dignity. The world needs more people like Ms Cobb. Her family is in my prayers.

  5. Is there a possibility that her husband may be involved with her murder? Sounds fishy.

  6. I’ve worked with Rose Cobb for the past six years. A sweeter, kinder, more caring woman I have yet to meet. Her loss will be felt by a great many people for a long time to come. Her family is is our prayers.

  7. Just a gut feeling that it was a hit. She was 47 and he was 37. I don’t know what kind of work she did, but Police Sergeants don’t make enough money to live in a 250,000 condo.

  8. rose ,was a very sweet and kind person always willing to listen and help others. I”am going to miss her dearly.
    may god bless her soul,and family.R.I.P.
    you will never be forgotten.

  9. Rose Cobb was a Clincal Social Worker at Hutzel Hospital, we shared a office and sat next to each other. Rose was a kind easy going person who was a dedicated social worker. She always said she was a shy person, but in our office we would laugh and had a great time together. She will be greatly missed by the Social Work and Nursing staff at Harper/ Hutzel Hospital.

  10. This case needs to stay alive in the media for as long as it takes. It’s a clear case of 1st Degree murder by the husband. The car wasn’t stolen, nor was anything else it seems, she was a loving social worker with no enemies, it was clearly not drug related, and the husband set himself up with an alibi while inside the store. He’d fail a lie detector test, so ask him to take one if he’s innocent. Question all of his closest friends, police partners and the “questionables” he knew best on the street. Don’t let the Detroit Police cover this one up for one of their own.

  11. I just set this up last night:

    Justice For Rose Cobb
    “WIFE OF DETROIT POLICE SGT. DAVID COBB”
    http://www.myspace.com/justice_for_rose_cobb

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