- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to four months in prison for planning his son’s attempted prison escape so he could avoid a murder charge in Peru.

William Trickett Smith Sr. was sentenced Wednesday in federal court.

The 77-year-old from Harrisburg pleaded guilty in September to charges he assisted in the attempted escape and lied to investigating agents.

Prosecutors say the plan involved paying off a guard at a state prison where Smith’s son was being held on a parole violation.

They say an early plan failed when a prosecutor rejected a private criminal complaint Smith Sr. filed to ensure his son would be transported from prison to a judge’s office.

William Trickett Smith II was charged in Peru in his wife’s 2007 death. Authorities there sought his extradition.

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