Man Convicted in Cavalier Intern's Death Gets More Jail TimeA man serving a life sentence for killing a Cavalier, ND intern has received additional jail time.
A suburban Philadelphia man serving a life
term for the strangulation death of a company intern from North
Dakota has been sentenced to an additional nine to 24 months for
possession of child pornography on his computer when he was
Forty-four-year-old William Smithson of Thornbury Township
pleaded no contest to the charge in June. His attorney said other
people had access to the computer, but his client entered the plea
to conclude the case.
Smithson participated in the hearing by videoconferencing from
state prison in Huntingdon, where he is serving life in the death
of 23-year-old Jason Shephard of Cavalier, N.D.
Shephard was studying sports marketing and took a semester off
from Northern State University to work at Daktronics, a scoreboard
manufacturer. His decomposing body was found at the home of
Smithson, a Daktronics supervisor, in September 2006. Smithson is
appealing his murder conviction.