Scott Lee Smith sentenced to 30 years for wife’s murder

Scott Lee Smith (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

A 47-year-old Colorado man will spend decades behind bars for killing his wife. A state judge in Jefferson County on Wednesday ordered Scott Lee Smith to serve a 30-year sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections for fatally shooting his wife, 47-year-old Kanokwan “Nok” Smith, authorities confirmed to Law&Crime.

According to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call on Nov. 1, 2020, regarding a possible shooting at a residence located in the 5400 block of West Ottawa Avenue. The caller — later identified as Smith — told the dispatcher that he had shot and killed his wife in self-defense because she was trying to “kill him with a butcher knife.”

Upon arriving at the address, first responders located the body of Kanokwan Smith, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kanokwan Nok Smith (via KUSA screenshot)

Kanokwan Nok Smith (via KUSA screenshot)

Authorities initially arrested Scott Smith at the scene of his wife’s death and charged him with one count of first-degree murder, but he was released several days later after prosecutors in the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office said there was a lack of evidence to support criminal charges. Smith maintained that he was acting in self-defense.

Public court records also showed that Scott Smith had filed for divorce only a few weeks before the shooting.

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