Man who forced baby off bed gets one year in jail
BRENTWOOD - A man who recently vowed to 'become a good member of society for once' on Twitter has pleaded guilty to pushing his 8-month-old son off a bed.
Kyle Smas, 19, of 81 Dame Road in Newmarket, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one enhanced misdemeanor count of simple assault and two class B felony charges of witness tampering following an incident last April where Smas caused his then-infant son to fall to the floor.
Smas initially told authorities that the incident was an accident, and asked friends to lie to police about it for him, according to Rockingham Assistant County Attorney Howard Helrich.
On the assault charge, Smas was sentenced to serve 12 months in the Rockingham County Jail. He will be on probation for two years after he is released, Helrich said.
As part of his plea deal, Smas agreed to two 1 1/2 to 3 year suspended sentences for the witness tampering charges. He will also be required to undergo drug and alcohol counseling, take a parenting course and participate in anger management sessions.
Smas was ordered to have no contact with his son and the baby's mother.
Last year, Smas wrote online that he wrote a letter to the little boy every day.
"I'm gonna give him those letters when he turns 18 so he learns from my mistakes," Smas posted on Twitter in November.