"GUILTY": Willie Smith III guilty of assaulting his newborn son

By Nathan Lehman - 790 WTNY

Published 07/24 2014 10:41AM

Updated 07/24 2014 10:49AM

Watertown (WTNY) - A Jefferson County jury has found Willie Smith III guilty of assaulting his newborn son early last year in the Town of Pamelia.

Deliberations began Wednesday morning and by the afternoon, the jury returned with guilty verdicts on charges of first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Smith was accused of assaulting the infant, with the child's mother testifying that she saw Smith hit the child with a closed fist three times.

Smith, who has served time in a similar case, will face up to 25 years in prison when sentenced September 12.



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