Two hostage victims may have found some closure, now that the perpetrator has been sentenced in federal court. The lengthy sentencing hearing, held on Dec. 16 in the U. S. District Court of Knoxville – Eastern Division, netted a 114 months (or nine and one-half years) federal prison sentence for Joey Allen Smith.
Smith, 44, used a gun to forcefully enter the Harrogate residence, taking his victims, one a minor child, hostage and creating a few “tense moments” for the victims and the responding officers, according to CCSO Detective Tim Shrout.
Claiborne Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Fields, who responded to the initial Oct. 4 call, and Shrout discovered during the course of the investigation that Smith was a previously convicted felon.
Smith, who had been indicted into federal court earlier this year, was immediately remanded after sentencing into the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The honorable Pamela L. Reeves was the sentencing judge in this case.
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