Judge sentences Brian Smith to life, with the possibility of parole, for 2018 murder

Brian Lee Smith is sentenced Wednesday in Circuit Court to life in prison for the murder of Thomas Ballesteros Jr. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KEALAKEKUA — Brian Lee Smith was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on Wednesday for second-degree murder in the 2018 shooting death of Thomas Ballesteros Jr.