Athol woman convicted of two counts of first degree murder


A Franklin County Jury has convicted Brittany Smith, 29, of Athol, on two counts of murder in the first degree in connection with the deaths of Thomas Harty and Joanna Fisher of Orange. The jury found that Smith was guilty on all three theories of first degree murder: that there was premeditation; that it was committed during two felonies (armed robbery and burglary while armed) and with extreme atrocity or cruelty.

Smith faces a mandatory sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

Sentencing is set for May 10 at 2 p.m.

Smith and Joshua Hart, also of Athol, were both charged in connection with the Oct. 5, 2016 home invasion and slaying of Harty, 95 and Fisher, 77, who lived at 581 East River Street in Orange. Fisher, at first, had not succumbed to her injuries sustained in the attack, but the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that her death a month later stemmed from the assault.

Hart was convicted on two counts of first degree murder and other charges by a Franklin County Jury on April 13. Sentencing for Hart is also set for May 10 at 2 p.m.

Chief Trial Counsel Jeremy Bucci was the lead prosecutor on the case.

“We are grateful for the hard work and thoughtfulness of both juries, “ Bucci said. “We hope these convictions help to bring the wonderful Fisher and Harty families a measure of closure.”