HACKENSACK, NJ - "This is a huge tragedy for everyone," Criminal Defense Attorney Robert G. Stahl told the court at the January 2016 sentencing for Scott Smith, a former Marine and Hasbrouck Heights police officer who pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and other charges in connection with the death of a long-time friend .
Over the four years he was jailed before sentencing Smith has expressed his "regret and deep remorse" for the "great harm" he caused to so many people, and he has tried "to move forward and make up for it in some fashion," Stahl said.
Smith, who spent nine years on the Hasbrouck Heights department before retiring on disability, had been indicted on murder, criminal weapons possession, and hindering apprehension charges.
He pleaded guilty in September 2015 to aggravated manslaughter and other charges. He could have faced up to 50 years in a New Jersey State prison before Stahl worked intensively with prosecutors to arrive at a negotiated 25-year sentence that the court imposed.
Video Clip: Former Hasbrouck Heights Police Officer Scott Smith is Represented at His Arrignment by Criminal Defense Attorney Robert G. Stahl