Gang Leader Gets Three Life Terms

1 decade 1 year 3 days ago Friday, June 22 2007 Jun 22, 2007 Friday, June 22, 2007 2:05:42 PM CDT June 22, 2007 in News
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Joplin gang leader is sentenced to three life terms in prison plus 30 years in the drug-related murder of two Joplin women. Federal prosecutors say it's the maximum possible sentence for Thomas Smith. The 33-year-old Smith was convicted by a federal jury in February of two counts of first-degree murder. He also pleaded guilty to running a crack house in Joplin and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Jasper County in 1999 and 2000. Prosecutors alleged Smith was the Joplin leader of a branch of the Bloods street gang from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Smith was charged in the 1999 execution-style slayings of Paris Harbin and Chandy Plumb in a Joplin apartment.

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