A former Dauphin County attorney has been sentenced to two-and-a-half to five years in prison for setting fire to a guest house at his Paxtang home five years ago.
William Trickett Smith Sr., 75, received the sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of arson and one count each of insurance fraud and tampering with evidence, according to First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo.
Trickett will report to prison November 27.
According to court documents in the case, Trickett was facing
disbarment and a state investigation when he set fire to the guest house on May 16, 2007.
received a resignation statement from the Pennsylvania Bar Association
eight days before the fire, was
being investigated by the state attorney general's office for taking
funds from some of his clients estates, and had received notice that his insurance on the property was being canceled, documents state.
Smith had told abc27 News that he found the
words “pay is a b—h” spray painted on the guest house after the fire, which was started during the early morning hours after a
primary election. He claimed to believe the fire was set
because he had helped to get a candidate for Dauphin County commissioner
on the ballot by taking the case to the state Supreme Court.
Smith previously served prison time in connection with
the scandal tied to the 1987 suicide of state treasurer Budd Dwyer. Two
years ago, he was featured in a documentary where he admitted to lying
under oath when he accused Dwyer of accepting a bribe. Dwyer shot
himself just before he we was to be sentenced.
Most recently, he served federal prison time for embezzling from one of his clients.
His son, William Trickett Smith Jr., is serving a 35-year prison sentence in Peru, where he pleaded guilty to killing his wife and dumping her body at sea inside a suitcase.