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R. Booth Goodwin II, United States Attorney
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               CONTACT: Melvin Smith
June 6, 2011                                                                                                                   melvin.smith@usdoj.gov

KENTUCKY MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL INTERSTATE STALKING CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Mark A. Smith, 38, of Newport, Kentucky, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for interstate stalking.  Smith pleaded guilty in February to the charge.  Smith admitted that on August 13, 2006, he traveled in interstate commerce from Ohio to Huntington, West Virginia with the intent to injure, harass, or intimidate his former wife.  As a result of such travel, Smith placed his ex-wife in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury. 

An investigation revealed that prior to traveling to Huntington, Smith admitted to placing a telephone call to his ex-wife in an attempt to locate her and the couple’s child, both of whom were at her mother’s Huntington residence at the time.  A short time later, Smith arrived at the Huntington residence and pounded on the front door of the home in an attempt to gain entry.  After refusing to leave the residence, Smith continued to pound on the front door, began breaking windows and eventually got back into his vehicle and admitted to ramming his ex-wife’s mother’s vehicle that was located near the home’s garage. 

When responding police officers arrived at the scene, Smith fled on foot.  The defendant was eventually apprehended by the West Virginia State Police and taken into custody.     

The Court also ordered Smith to pay $6,642.49 in restitution to the victims.   

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police and the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution. 

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