ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A man who pleaded guilty to assault stemming
from a rape was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections Wednesday to begin
serving his two-and-a-half-year prison term.
Smith, 53, of Est. Nazareth was arrested on Jan. 28, 2015, after a woman told
police that he repeatedly raped her. He
was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual contact and
first-degree assault. Under the terms of
a plea agreement offered by Attorney General Claude Earl Walker, Smith pleaded
guilty to the single charge of third-degree assault and in exchange, the remaining
counts against him will be dismissed.
to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Nigel James, the victim told
police that Smith ordered her to take her clothes off and then proceeded to
his sentencing hearing before V.I. Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston, the
prosecution recommended that Smith be sentenced to five years behind bars, the
maximum penalty for a third-degree assault conviction, and pay a $3,000 fine.
addressing the court, the victim said since the case began, she has been
receiving threats from Smith’s associates and friends.
scared for my life and I don’t think this is going to stop no matter what
happens,” she said.
in his own behalf, Smith apologized for his actions.
had no intention of harming that young lady… I’m asking the court to forgive me
for whatever I did to that young lady,” he said.
he handed down his punishment, Judge Dunston said this is a situation that the
court takes very seriously.
“The court has
determined that a term at the Bureau of Corrections is appropriate,” Judge
Dunston told Smith.
slightly from the terms of the plea agreement, Judge Dunston handed down his
punishment of two years and six months at the BOC with credit for one day he
served. He also imposed a $75 court
Smith, who was free on bail pending his
sentencing, was immediately taken into custody to begin serving his prison
The case was
prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Eugene James Connor, Jr.