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Man sentenced to three years for shooting wife

December 01, 2000

Man sentenced to three years for shooting wife



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man who entered a no contest plea in the shooting of his wife last March was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday, according to a Berkeley County Circuit Court official.

Ricky D. Smith Sr., was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr., who had already ruled that he would limit Smith's sentence to three years, said Shayna Funkhouser, a clerk in the circuit clerk's office.

In August, Smith entered a no contest plea to wanton endangerment involving a firearm, according to Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Larry Crofford.

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

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Smith, of Route 3, Hedgesville, went to his wife's house in the Happy Creek subdivision near Middleway on March 24 and became involved in a disagreement with her, said Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies.

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

The woman was treated and released from Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

In a criminal complaint, Smith said she and her son were chased out of the house by Smith. Teresa Smith alleged her husband threatened to kill her and then himself, according to court records.

Smith was originally being held on $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 allegedly made the threat while he was at Jefferson County Magistrate Court on March 30 for a preliminary hearing, Boober said.

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