MORGANTON, N.C. – A Morganton man was convicted of firing into a home in December 2011 and will spend at least the next five years in prison.
Daniel Raymond Smart, 44, was convicted after a four-day trial in Burke County.
“The crime originated from a dispute between neighbors and the weapon was discharged into a dwelling which at the time was occupied by two adults and two children,” said District Attorney James Gaither Jr. in a statement.
Smart was sentenced to 65-90 months in prison after the jury deliberated for about two hours.
According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Smart shot at his neighbor’s house just yards away on December 27, 2011 and then tried to burn the home down nearly four hours later.
Police were called to a family’s home on Blue Ridge Ventures Road at 10:40 p.m. as a homeowner said he heard a gunshot while his family was inside the residence. Police found a bullet had entered the back of the home, went through bedroom and bathroom walls and out the front of the house.
At 2:27 a.m. officers were called back to the same home after Smart allegedly threw something against the house and started a fire, according to the police report.
Smart was not charged with the alleged arson. No one was hurt during the incident, and the house sustained minimal damage.