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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Former Dauphin County attorney William Trickett Smith Sr. is facing a new round of federal charges for attempting to arrange a prison escape for his son, who's now jailed in Peru for murdering his wife.

Smith, 76, is also accused of lying to federal agents about the plot, according to an indictment handed down Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg.

According to the indictment, the charges stem from Smith's failed plans to have William Trickett Smith II escape from custody after the son was arrested in Pennsylvania in 2007 and before Smith II was extradited to Peru in August 2010 to face charges he dismembered his wife, stuffed her body in a suitcase and dumped her body at sea.

Smith Sr. in 2009 filed a false private criminal complaint by paying off a district justice to schedule a hearing that would require his son to be transported, and paid off a constable who would be picked to transport him, according to the grand jury.

When that plan failed because the criminal complaint was not approved by the district attorney, Smith Sr. then allegedly devised another plan for his son's escape by paying off a prison guard in 2010, the indictment states.

That plan also failed because Smith II had been moved to a different prison, according to the grand jury.

The indictment alleges that in 2010, Smith Sr. lied about his plans when questioned by the FBI, and also tried to persuade another person to lie to the FBI about his actions.

If convicted of the charges, Smith Sr. faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in a federal prison.

He began serving a prison sentence of two-and-a-half to five years in November for setting fire to a guest house behind his Paxtang home in May 2007.

According to court documents, Smith Sr. was facing disbarment and a state investigation for taking funds clients' estates, and had received notice that his insurance on the property was being canceled.

In that case, he pleaded guilty to three counts of arson and one count each of insurance fraud and tampering with evidence.

He previously served three years in federal prison for mail fraud, racketeering and conspiracy in a bid-rigging scandal that also involved then-state Treasurer Budd Dwyer, who in 1987 shot himself to death during a news conference before he we was to be sentenced.

He also served federal prison time for embezzling from one of his clients.

His son is serving a 35-year prison sentence in Peru.

 

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