Northcott Shooter Goes to Federal Prison

Updated 3 weeks ago From a Release by U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District of WV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man was sentenced today to 12 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of firearms and distributing heroin, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today. Antonio Smith, 32, will also serve three years’ supervised release after his prison term, under a sentence imposed by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. Smith previously pleaded guilty to the two charges on March 31, 2014. 

On September 24, 2013, Smith used two firearms to shoot six individuals in the Northcott neighborhood of Huntington. Smith had previously been convicted of two violent felonies and thus could not legally possess the firearms that he used in the shootings. Separately, Smith sold heroin in Huntington to a confidential informant who, unbeknownst to Smith, was cooperating with investigators. Smith was later arrested in New York and returned to West Virginia for prosecution.   

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Huntington Violent Crime/Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Huntington Police Department.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Sharon M. Frazier handled the prosecution.

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiates, including heroin, in communities across the Southern District. 

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