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Tennessee man sentenced in Quaker City death

Written by  Z. Daniel Barnett & Bill Cassler
Timothy E. Smith Timothy E. Smith Guernsey County Sheriff's Office

 

Timothy Smith will serve nine years for involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A 40-year-old man with roots in Tennessee has been sentenced in connection with the death of a Quaker City man last summer.

Judge David A. Ellwood on Friday sentenced Timothy E. Smith of Quaker City to a total of nine years in prison for his role in the death of 50-year-old Kevin Wehr. In March, Smith entered a negotiated "Alford" plea in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court, pleading guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter (F1), felonious assault (F2) and kidnapping (F2).

Guernsey County Sheriff's Detectives say that an altercation took place in July 2013 between Smith, his girlfriend at the time, and the victim at a residence on Fair Street in the village. Smith - also known as "Tennessee Tim" - allegedly hit Wehr in the head with a blunt object. Wehr later died from injuries sustained in the incident.

Smith also allegedly assaulted Moffitt and locked her into a bedroom during the altercation.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Ellwood stated that a pattern of drug and alcohol abuse appeared to have played a major role in the crime.

Prosecutors had urged for a 10-year sentence, the maximum allowed by the terms of the negotiated plea.

Defense Attorney Andrew Warhola stated during the proceedings that an Alford plea means, although a guilty plea is entered, the accused continues to maintain innocence to the crime.

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