Huntington Shooting Suspect Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The suspect in a shooting spree at an apartment complex in Huntington appeared in federal court Monday where he pleaded guilty to unrelated drug and gun charges.

Antonio Smith, 31, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin and possession of a firearm. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.25 million dollar fine when he is sentenced in July.

According to the federal indictment, investigators say Smith was in possession of a gun in January 2013. He was not permitted to have a gun due to prior convictions of unlawful wounding and attempt to commit a felony in Cabell County in 2010 and robbery in Franklin County, Ohio in 2001.

The indictment also says that in February 2013, Smith distributed heroin in the Huntington area.

State charges against Smith in connection with a shooting spree that happened in the Northcott Court housing complex in Huntington on September 24 were dropped as part of Monday’s plea.

Smith faced six counts of malicious wounding and one count of wanton endangerment in that case.

Smith has been a familiar face on our news. Since 2006 he has been indicted on four felonies.

In 2009, police say he went into a man's home in Huntington and shot him three times.

He was charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Smith also faced drug charges in 2010 when Huntington police found crack cocaine in a home in the reach of children.

In January 2013, police arrested Smith again after tracking him on foot through the snow after he bolted from a traffic stop.

In 2010 on the attempted murder and drug charges, court documents show Smith ended up pleading guilty to lesser charges, unlawful wounding and attempting to commit a felony.

According to court documents, Smith served his sentences consecutively.

He was sentenced to 1 to 5 years in the shooting case and got out of prison in April of 2012.

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