In a late afternoon decision, the brother of murdered Berryville Councilwoman, Gail Smith has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a murder solicitation charge in the case. Timothy R Smith Jr. of Burkeville, VA appeared in Nottoway County Circuit Court on Wednesday, August 4th and agreed to the plea deal. According to court records, Timothy Smith was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Eight of the ten years were suspended leaving a two year sentence prison term, followed by two years of supervised probation A second conspiracy charge was dropped as part of the agreement.
Three other individuals still face charges in the killing. Gail Smith’s sister, Deborah Smith, has been charged with conspiracy to kill her sister and has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 7. Robert Edward Poley is also charged with conspiracy to kill Smith and has a scheduled court hearing Aug. 26. Edward Visosky III, who also faces a conspiracy charge, has a trial date scheduled for Aug. 16. No one has been charged directly with the murder.
Gail Smith was found dead in her home on July 30th of 2009. The murder rocked Berryville, and has hung over the community as an unsolved mystery. Smith’s house on Picket Court has been empty since the murder and serves as a stark reminder of the tragedy and the ongoing investigation.