GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - "I'm sorry, I changed my life while incarcerated, only God knows what I've done and I want to get home to my kids and family." Those were LeKeith Dentrill Smith's final words to a judge before he was sentenced Thursday to the maximum ten years in prison.
Smith, Damien Towne, and Theodore Towne have all pleaded guilty to breaking into a Moss Point home in May and stealing around 46 guns, 35 of which still have not been recovered.
A judge ruled Smith was the mastermind of the burglary. An ATF agent told a judge that Smith told another inmate he knew where the guns were, but he would never tell police.
Smith worked for a landscaper who did work on the victim's home. Testimony revealed Smith knew the owner was out of town and that he had a large number of guns. Smith and the Towne brothers went to the home and carried the guns out in a sheet. One of the guns taken, an ATF agent testified, was an automatic Browning 33 caliber gun on a stand.
The judge said, "I hope all the remaining firearms are at the bottom of the river."
The Towne brothers and another defendant in the case are also being sentenced Thursday in court; four others have already been sentenced for their roles in the burglary and selling of the guns.