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.