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Killer shaves campaign ad in hair for sentencing

A Kentucky man who claimed sleep deprivation led to his wife's death will spend the rest of his life in prison and will start his sentence with a campaign ad in his hair — an ad for the opponent of his jailer.
Woody Smith in court Wednesday.
Woody Smith in court Wednesday.WLWT-TV
/ Source: WLWT.com

A man who claimed sleep deprivation led to his wife's death will spend the rest of his life in prison and will start his sentence with a campaign ad in his hair.

Woody Smith said worries that his wife, Amanda, would leave him caused him to consume sodas, energy drinks and diet pills, which left him sleep-deprived and mentally unstable.

Amanda Smith was found strangled with an extension cord at the couple's Dayton home in May 2009.

Woody Smith was found guilty of murder last month, and on Wednesday, the judge accepted the jury's recommendation for a life sentence.

Smith told the judge that he didn't kill his wife.

Prior to coming to court, Smith had shaved "Vote Sparks" in his hair. Tom Sparks is the GOP candidate for Campbell County jailer in next month's election.

Smith's jail jumpsuit also had "Vote 4 Sparks" written on the back.

Smith was not allowed to mention his action in court, but a family member told a local newspaper that it was a political statement against the current jailer, Greg Buckler, who is running for re-election.

A lawsuit was filed in September on behalf of several former inmates alleging mistreatment at the jail.