Former congressional candidate sentenced in stalking case

Created: 06/03/2014 4:03 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Gary Smith, a one-time Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, was sentenced Tuesday for felony stalking of his former political opponent.

Since Smith has already served around 18 months at the Metropolitan Detention Center, a judge ordered Smith to serve 12 more months in prison. He will then be extradited to Texas, where he faces aggravated assault charges.

In court, Smith said he pleaded no contest to the charges against him because he thought he would be released. He asked to rescind his plea and requested a trial, but the judge denied his request.

In January of 2013, police said Smith was caught on camera slashing the tires of his opponent in the 2012 Republican primary for Congress, Janice Arnold-Jones. He was also accused of targeting his former campaign manager, Rhead Story.

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