State Rep. Derrick Smith found guilty in bribery case
State Representative Derrick Smith has been found guilty on all counts in his bribery case.
Smith accepted what he thought was a $7,000 cash bribe from a daycare, but in actuality he had become ensnared in a FBI sting operation.
Derrick Smith and his defense team had hoped to avoid the conviction. They tried to discredit the FBI informant who wore the wire and recorded secret conversations.
Defense lawyers pointed to the informant’s felony conviction arguing that he had manipulated both investigators and Derrick Smith, essentially in trapping the state legislator.
But, prosecutors painted a different picture saying Smith betrayed the public trust, and the fact that he did so with an informant with a questionable past doesn’t absolve him of taking the money.
After getting arrested by the FBI, Smith reportedly admitted to the investigators that he had messed up.
He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the bribery charge, and maximum of 20 years on the extortion charge.