Overlin gets 6 years for Maryville killing

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:58 pm | Updated: 10:19 am, Thu Sep 5, 2013.

The final defendant pleaded guilty Wednesday in the killing last year of a student outside a Maryville, Mo., bar.

Tony Overlin, 24, of Bethany, Mo., pleaded guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter in Buchanan County Circuit Court for his role in the death of Tomarken Smith, 21, on Sept., 14, 2012. Judge Patrick Robb sentenced Mr. Overlin to six years in prison — the amount attorneys from each side sought in a plea agreement and one year less than the maximum sentence.

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Welcome to the discussion.


  • NWMO posted at 3:54 pm on Wed, Sep 4, 2013.

    NWMO Posts: 1

    Wow.....6 years. What a horrible tragedy compounded by such a minimal consequence......and the prosecutor is satisfied?

  • 1Adam12 posted at 4:40 pm on Wed, Sep 4, 2013.

    1Adam12 Posts: 349

    Family was satisfied with the outcome as well if you would have read the article. Further, the max one can get for manslaughter is (Class C Felony) is up to 7 years in prison, up to a $5,000.00 fine, or any combination of the two penalties.

  • socialfingered posted at 6:22 am on Thu, Sep 5, 2013.

    socialfingered Posts: 2069

    He didn't kill the guy intentionally. Appears to be a fight outside the bar where one guy got hit, lost his footing and fell onto something hard. Six years, to me seems harsh. What if the guy that died had simply tripped on a crack in the sidewalk?

  • GoHawkeyes posted at 4:37 pm on Thu, Sep 5, 2013.

    GoHawkeyes Posts: 1689

    As someone who has a family member who spent time in prison several years ago I can tell you that the sentence doesn't end when they are released from prison. The world changes very fast so he will be 6 years behind on everything when he is released. Also, and more importantly, the stigma of being a convicted felon will follow him his entire life and make gainful employment hard to come by.

  • 1Adam12 posted at 4:55 pm on Thu, Sep 5, 2013.

    1Adam12 Posts: 349


    One of the underlying issues is that these two individuals had prior dealings with the victim and local LE before this incident happened.

    While you are correct that he fell after being smacked in the head with a fist....I do believe you are incorrect when saying the punishment is to harsh. While they didn't mean to kill him, the incident does meet the merits of manslaughter.... and as a Class C felony, punishment goes up to 7 years in the joint.

    I truly think it fits the crime especially since the family was apparently on-board with PA Rice.


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