The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a five- to 15-year manslaughter sentence for the Lincoln-Lemington man who shot and killed a former Slippery Rock football player outside the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland in the summer of 2013.
Isiah Joshua Smith, 25, had appealed his sentence from Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning, but the three-judge panel of the Superior Court ruled Monday Smith could not prove Manning had convicted him on insufficient evidence, not weighed his self-defense argument or abused his discretion in imposing a sentence of five to 15 years for voluntary manslaughter. The maximum sentence could have been 10 to 20 years in prison.
Smith had been partying with two friends in Oakland Aug. 3 and was asking random people for a ride when his group got into a fistfight outside “The O” with another group that included Zachary Sheridan, 24, of Brookline. During the fight, Smith pulled out a gun and shot Sheridan. Smith later surrendered to police.