Convicted drug dealer John Creech was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing a man having an affair with his wife
John Creech was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, July 4
The 45-year-old killed Fox executive Gavin Smith, 57, in Los Angeles in 2012
Smith was having an affair with Creech’s wife Chandrika Cade who he met years earlier in drug rehab
The father-of-three’s remains were found in a shallow forest grave in 2014
He was accused of beating Smith was a 57-year-old distribution executive at Century Fox to death with his bare hands
Creech said they were having a fight over Chandrika and he acted in self-defense after Smith who was having an affair with his wife choked him and tried to attack him with an ice pick
Insisting that while he was aware of the affair, they were separated at the time of the death and he’d moved on to another relationship
Prosecution contended the killing was premeditated, Creech used iPhone app to track his wife
Jury rejected first- and second-degree murder charges, but convicted defendant on lesser charge of manslaughter
John Creech was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in July, he faces 11 years in prison for the killing of Gavin Smith
A convicted drug dealer was sentenced Tuesday in California to 11 years in prison in the beating death of a movie studio executive who had been having an affair with his wife.
John Lenzie Creech, 45, was convicted two months earlier of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Gavin Smith, a 20th Century Fox distribution executive.
The jury on July 4, had rejected prosecution arguments that the defendant, committed murder when he killed Gavin Smith after catching him in a romantic tryst with his estranged wife, Chandrika Cade. Instead they convicted him of voluntary manslaughter, in the death of the Fox executive.
The remains of Smith, a married of three boys was found in a shallow desert grave in 2014, more than two years after he was reported missing.
Gavin Smith [photo], was literally beaten t death by the younger drug dealer when he caught Hollywood executive on a date with his estranged wife in 2012. Creech was convicted for manslaughter has been sentenced to serve 11 years
Drug dealer John Lenzie Creech 45, was sentenced to serve 11 years in prison for the 2012 murder of 57-year-old Hollywood movie studio executive Gavin Smith. Creech was convicted in July of voluntary manslaughter, after a jury rejected first- and second-degree murder charges.
Before sentencing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus called Creech ‘a cold and cruel person,’ saying his actions had been “egregious, heartless, callous.”
‘Mr. Creech has shown no remorse in this case whatsoever,’ the judge said.
‘He has attempted to sort of paint himself as the total victim in this case and the court does not find, in my view of the evidence, that that’s true.’
Man convicted of manslaughter in death of wife’s Lover – John Creech beat Fox executive Gavin Smith to death with his bare hands
Prosecutors said Creech killed Smith because Smith was having an affair with Cade. The pair who met in drug rehab and been in a sporadic affair for years.
A stoic Creech, seemed devoid of remorse or any other expressions of emotion at sentencing
In the fight that followed, Creech crushed Smith’s skull on both sides, according to an autopsy.
Nearly a year later, the Mercedes, with Smith’s blood on it, was found in a storage facility connected to Creech.
In November 2014, hikers discovered his remains in a shallow grave in the desert north of Los Angeles.
Creech was already in jail by then to serving an eight year sentence for an unrelated charge which he was convicted of in 2012, after Smith’s death.
In February 2015, he pled not guilty to a first degree murder charge, claiming he was acting in self-defense when he accidentally killed the man.
Creech claimed that Smith had thrown the first punch and he defended himself.
He said they were having a fight when he hit him as he sat in the car with Cade.
Chandrika Cade, who divorced him after his arrest, testified against Creech during his trial.
She described him as violent and difficult to live with but said she put up with his outbursts.
Creech was serving an eight-year sentence for the sale or transportation of drugs when he was indicted for the killing.
Lisa Smith along with her sons Dylan [left], and Evan [right], all made powerful victim impact statements and demanded the maximum punishment for the man who killed their husband and father
John Lenzie Creech is seen [right], conferring with his attorney during a court appearance in Jan 2015. He pled not guilty to the 2012 murder of Hollywood executive Gavin Smith
At sentencing Tuesday, Smith’s family delivered moving victim impact statements in court. All prayed the court to hand down the stiffest punishment allowed to Gavin Smith’s killer.
Dylan Smith told the court his dad was someone who loved action. When his sons skimboarded, surfed or played basketball, he joined in. He was also exceedingly kind, Dylan said, choking up at the thought of his future children never meeting his father.
Lisa Smith’s hands shook and she took deep breaths to quiet her sobs. Not only had Creech stolen her husband’s life from them, but also his death. For two years before his body was found, his family hadn’t been able to fully mourn. Years later, she said, she couldn’t help but think of her husband’s body rotting as it sat inside a car parked in the garage of Creech’s friend’s home.
An angry Evan Smith punched a bench in the courtroom as he listened to his mother’s painful memories. A few moments later, Lisa turned to look at Creech and shook her head.
“He needs to be in walls,” she said, “like the animal that he is.”
The probation officer who wrote a pre-sentencing report for the judge said that Creech “poses a potential threat to the victim’s family and society,” and suggested he serve prison time.
Toward the end of the hearing Judge Stephen Marcus, explained that one thing he considers in deciding a sentence is whether the defendant displayed a high degree of viciousness. In this case, “the answer is ‘yes,’” the judge said.