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Smith found guilty, gets life plus 20 years

Ronald Eugene Smith was found guilty on five counts this morning in Lamar superior court. Jurors returned their verdicts just over one hour after returning to the courtroom at 9 a.m. Smith, 29, was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and tampering with evidence. The jury went out again at 10:14 a.m. to consider a sixth charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. They returned just five minutes later with a sixth guilty verdict. Judge Tommy Wilson gave Smith the maximum sentence of life plus 20 years. He also ordered DFCS into the home of his wife to make sure their three kids are not impacted by methamphetamine use in the home on which Smith partially blamed his actions. ”I don’t understand the pardons and paroles process but you don’t need to come back out,” Judge Wilson told Smith. Smith will be taken directly to the Georgia Diagnostic Prison because he has been “a bit of a problem” in the local jail, district attorney Richard Milam said. ”In the end, the jury just did not believe Mr. Smith’s lies,” Milam concluded.

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