Scott Lee Smith sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering wife

Scott Lee Smith (JCSO)

Scott Lee Smith (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

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

On November 1, 2020, deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a possible shooting at an apartment building on Block 5400 of West Ottawa Avenue, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The caller – later identified as Smith – told the dispatcher that he shot his wife in self-defense because she tried to “kill him with a butcher knife.”

Upon arriving at the address, first responders found 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 first-degree murder, but he was released days later after prosecutors charged the 1st District Attorney’s Office. Smith claimed he was acting in self-defense.

Public court records also showed that Scott Smith had filed for divorce just weeks before the shooting. Scott Lee Smith sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering wife

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