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W.Va. man enters no-contest plea in shooting

August 30, 2000

W.Va. man enters no-contest plea in shooting



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man charged with shooting his wife in a Jefferson County subdivision last March entered a no-contest plea Tuesday, according to prosecutors.

Ricky D. Smith Sr. entered a no-contest plea to wanton endangerment involving a firearm, according to Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Larry Crofford.

Smith will be sentenced Nov. 16, although Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. has already ruled he will limit Smith's sentence to three years, Crofford said.

Six other charges that were filed against Smith by a Jefferson County grand jury last April will be dropped in exchange for his plea, Crofford said.

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The shooting incident occurred March 24 when a man went to a woman's house in the Happy Creek subdivision and became upset with her, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Ward Sigler.

As Teresa Smith and her son Joe Smith were running toward a neighbor's house, a 12-gauge shotgun was fired at them, Sigler said. Deputies believe Teresa Smith was hit in the back of the legs with pellets from the shotgun blast.

The woman was treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital and released.

According to court records, Smith said she and her son were chased out of the house. Teresa Smith alleged the man threatened to kill her and then himself, according to court records.

Ricky D. Smith Sr. was originally being held on a $200,000 bail, but Jefferson County Magistrate Gail Boober withdrew the bond after Smith allegedly told a court bailiff he would "finish the job" after he got out of jail, Boober said.

Smith, of Route 3, Hedgesville, made the threat while he was at Jefferson County Magistrate Court on March 30 for a preliminary hearing, Boober alleged.

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