William Trickett Smith II

William trickett smith

William Trickett Smith II (or Jr.) is an U.S. citizen from Paxtang, Pennsylvania who pleaded no contest in the death of his Peruvian wife, Jana Claudia Gómez Menéndez de Smith of Trujillo, Peru. Gómez Menéndez was reported missing and was found in a suitcase that washed up on a beach near the capital city of Lima the day after the 2007 Peru earthquake. Her body was identified by a tattoo of a butterfly on her neck. The homicide investigation became known in Peru as "The Mystery of the Butterfly. On May 23, 2011, Smith was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murder of his wife. Smith is the son of William Trickett Smith, Sr., former chairman of the Dauphin County Republican Committee, who was disbarred and imprisoned in 1985 for bid rigging (see R. Budd Dwyer), and convicted of theft by unlawful taking and deception in 2010. In 2000, the younger Smith was sentenced to 2 to 4 years imprisonment for drug trafficking stemming from an arrest with two other men in a vehicle that contained cocaine and marijuana that had been packaged for sale, along with cash and handguns.


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