EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWS3 SENTENCED IN MARSHAL SHOOTING
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Two Linked To U.S. Marshal Shooting Going To Prison
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Also Contributing: WDTV
Reported: May. 3, 2012 10:33 PM EDT
Updated: May. 3, 2012 11:07 PM EDT
Elkins , West Virginia
Three people connected to the shooting death of U.S. Deputy Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller were sentenced in federal court, Thursday.
Hotsinpiller was gunned down at a home in Elkins last year.
Eyewitness News has obtained a never before seen picture of Charles Smith. Smith was the shooter accused of killing Hotsinpiller, and wounding two other U.S. Marshals.
Now, his wife, daughter, and his daughter's boyfriend learn their fates for lying to police who were trying to track him down.
Derek Hotsinpiller didn't just know he wanted a career in law enforcement, he knew he wanted to be a U.S. Marshal. At just 24 years old, he was living his dream when Charles Smith, 50, opened fire, killing him and wounding U.S. Marshals Fred Frederick and Alex Neville.
"I picture that young man in my mind everyday and relive the events that occured on February 16th, everyday," said Neville in a phone interview after the sentencing.
Smith was also killed that day. He had 22 weapons placed strategically throughout his home, and blankets over every window to hide those inside.
"No resonable person could think that they did not know how dangerous this man was, how capable he was of violence, and the violence that waited anyone that day who came there to arrest him," said Neville.
On Thursday, Charles Smith's wife, Sherry Lou White, his daughter, Cassandra Smith, and her boyfriend, Anthony Lambert were sentenced for lying to authorities who were searching for Smith on a drug warrant.
White will spend five years in prison and three years probation for her role in the death of Hotsinpiller.
Cassandra Smith, 26, was ordered to serve six months probation and perform 100 hours of community service.
Anthony Lambert, 24, will spend five months in prison and five months on probation.
"There was no sentence I think that was fitting their conduct in this case," said Neville.
Hotsinpiller became the first deputy U.S. Marshal to be killed by gunfire in 19 years.
"Because he wanted to better himself, it made you want to be better as well," said Fred Efaw.
"Those are the things that I want people to keep, every memory to them that's that special, that's what I want them to keep. That's what makes Derek," said his brother, Dustin Hotsinpiller.
Neville spoke to the court before Thursday's sentencing, reliving a day he says is always on his mind, and hoping Hotsinpiller's legacy will live on.
"I also wante do let them know what a fine young man Derek Hotsinpiller was and he is missed, and this tragedy did not have to occur," he said.
All three defendants were released on bond. White and Lambert must report to prison on June 18th.
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