City man sentenced for gun crimes

A Williamsport man will spend up to 22 years in state prison for an array of gun crimes, including shooting a pit bull.

Anthony D. Smith Jr., 27, of Williamsport, was sentenced to a minimum of 11 years in prison by Judge Dudley Anderson in Lycoming County Court on Monday morning.

Smith was arrested on the morning of March 30 after a city police raid of his apartment at 325 Mulberry St. found two handguns hidden in the ceiling.

The raid came five days after Smith fired a gun at Seneca Mitchell, the father of two children with Smith’s girlfriend at the time.

Mitchell, who was sitting in a parked car when Smith fired, was not injured in thee incident.

Smith was charged with cruelty to animals for shooting a woman’s pit bull in his apartment on March 23, then chasing it outside the Mulberry Street building and shooting it again.

Smith also was charged for pistol-whipping and robbing a neighbor of about $800 in the early morning of March 19.

Smith will serve two consecutive state prison terms of four to eight years for possessing a firearm – Smith pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated assault in January 2009, and convicted violent felons cannot possess firearms in Pennsylvania – and two to four years on the aggravated assault charge from firing at Mitchell.

Smith will serve concurrent sentences of one to two years for both the cruelty to animals charge and a count of possession with intent to distribute, according to the public defender’s office. He will be on state supervision for another decade after his prison term ends.