Clarence Smith sentenced for role in 2017 double murder

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MORGANFIELD, Ky. (WEHT) – Clarence Smith will nearly double his age in prison. He admitted his role in a double murder dating back to January 2017.

“Obviously this is a devastating case,” said Union County Circuit Judge Rene Williams.

Smith will spend 20 years in prison. He won’t be eligible for parole until he has served at least 17 years. Williams handed the sentence Monday afternoon as part of a plea agreement.

Caesarre Rapier and George Black, Jr. were shot and killed at a house in Morganfield.

According to court documents, Smith, Keyontea McGuire, and Joevionte Simms were buying marijuana when the shooting happened.

Investigators say the men led police on a chase into Henderson after the shooting.

In the courtroom, Smith never made eye contact with the family of the victims, but he heard their words.

“His wife will never get to spend another birthday with him,” said Jennifer Willett.

Smith will be 39 before he ever has a chance to get out of prison.

“It’s not my place to tell you what an awful, sick human being I think you are because God says, vengeance is mine.”

Smith said nothing to the judge or family in the courtroom.

Charges in this case against McGuire have been dropped. Simms faces complicit murder and burglary charges. He is set to go on trial in June.

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This story was originally published on May 13, 2019

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