80 Year sentence for murder of police spokesman's brother

    80 Year sentence for murder of police spokesman's brother

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A judge has sentenced a man to 80 years behind bars for the shooting death of Dionay Smith, the brother of former City Police Spokesman T.J. Smith.

    Smith was shot and killed inside his apartment in July of 2017.

    T. J. Smith spoke about his brother's death, saying he "had a kind heart." "A coward with a gun, entered my brother's apartment and shot and killed him," wrote Smith. "Now, the questions that I'm so often asked at the podium, were the same questions I was asking; Why? Who?

    "Now this might sound like a cliche, but it is true- my brother was a good kid. He wasn't 'about that life,'" noted Smith. "He worked two jobs, helped out Ericka Alston-Buck at the Kids Safe Zone in the past and he spent time with his kids. I used to tell him, 'the busier you are, the less time and desire you'll have to be on the streets.'"

    "Of course I'm upset, angry, mad, and all those things. But I can only channel the negative into positive and pray for the soul of the person responsible for this. He ruined his life for something small and petty, no doubt. So many young people lack the foresight to understand the gravity of their poor decision making."

    26-year-old Terrell Gibson was charged a few days later with Smith's death.

    Terrell Gibson has an extensive criminal history which includes an arrest for possession with intent to distribute drugs.

    He was also arrested in 2015 for stabbing someone on an MTA bus in Baltimore City.

    Monday, Gibson was sentenced to 80 years behind bars for the murder.

    Both T.J. Smith and City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby spoke after the sentencing. Watch FOX45 News at 4,5 and 10 for their statements.

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