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Mineral Man Sentenced to 13 Years on Malicious Wounding Charge

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A Louisa County man will spend 13 years and four months in prison after a vicious pistol whipping in April.

Kenneth M. Smith previously served 10 years in prison for rape. During Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Smith showed no remorse for his actions, which left the victim permanently scarred.

Smith also failed to register as a sex offender, saying he didn't commit the 1998 rape and didn't see the point.


County of Louisa
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Convicted Rapist Sentenced for Violent Attack
Defendant to serve another 13 years for crimes.

Louisa – Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire announced that Kenneth N. Smith, 48, Mineral, was sentenced for his convictions of Malicious Wounding, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and a probation violation from a previous conviction for failure to register as a sex offender.

The defendant pistol whipped the victim during a confrontation on April 14, 2012 causing thousands of dollars in medical bills and permanent scarring. Smith denied the incident took place but after hearing all of the evidence the Court found Smith guilty. The defendant was convicted of rape in Charlottesville in 1998 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He has been in and out of jail since his release culminating with these charges.

During the hearing, Mr. Smith expressed no remorse for his vicious attack, instead attempting to pass the blame for his conduct to others. He even refused to accept responsibility for his previous rape conviction by stating he did not do it and therefore did not think he needed to register as a sex offender. After hearing from the defendant the Court sentenced him to a total of 13 years and 4 months, the high end of the sentencing guidelines.

Speaking on the sentencing, Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett said "justice was served in a Louisa courtroom today. The Judge's decision shows that violent behavior will not be tolerated by our community. Our office is firmly committed to ensuring that all citizens of Louisa are safe from such senseless attacks."

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