Tulsa Gang Member Faces Death Penalty

Thursday, February 8th 2007, 2:48 pm
By: News On 6

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A federal jury in Springfield, Missouri, is considering whether to impose the death sentence on an Oklahoma man for killing two people in Joplin seven years ago.

Thomas "Mad Dog" Smith was convicted of 2 first-degree murder counts Wednesday in the deaths of Paris Harbin and Chandy Plumb. The two were found shot to death December 15th, 1999, in a second-floor bedroom of an apartment.

Prosecutors say Smith was the ringleader the Red Mob Gangsters in Tulsa, a cell of the notorious Bloods gang. They say the gang dealt crack cocaine in the Joplin area.

The US attorney's office expects a sentencing decision this week. Smith could get the death penalty or be sent to prison for life without parole.