A man who showed up at a couple’s front door, wielding a knife and claiming the victim was a snitch, has been sentenced to serve half a year behind bars.
The man, James Anthony “Amp” Smith, 47, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of simple assault and delivery of cocaine and oxycodone. He was directed to serve 180 days of a six-year sentence and pay $2,000 plus court costs.
His jail time comes for an incident that happened at an apartment on Yager Road last year. Police say Smith came to the victim’s front door and knocked.
“The resident and his wife came outside and were confronted by Amp, about him (the victim) possibly being an informant for the police,” said McMinnville Police Sgt. Paul Springer, noting the accusation escalated with the suspect making death threats. “Amp then pulled a hunting-style knife on the man and threatened to kill him.”
Springer said the suspect was close to the victims when he made the threat, leaving them in fear for their lives.
After the initial threat, a scuffle ensued between the men. Although not cut, the male victim was knocked to the ground during the fight and suffered injuries to his shin and knee.