February 13, 2018
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Steven R. Smith, who appeared before the Honorable William J. McGovern, III, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on February 9, 2018.
Smith, age 31, of Hamburg, was sentenced to six (6) years New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act, was given credit for 132 days already served in the Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility and he will be on mandatory parole supervision for five (5) years once released. The defendant also received a two (2) year driver’s license suspension, must submit a DNA sample, testify truthfully against his co-defendant(s) if necessary and pay $1,255.00 in court fines and fees.
He pled guilty on October 24, 2017, to Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death, a crime of the first degree.
The defendant distributed or dispensed heroin through a co-defendant to an individual in Wantage Township on August 21, 2015, whose death was a result of ingesting the heroin.
Smith was represented by William Oake, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.