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Records: Murder-for-hire defendant wants his parole terminated

Robert Gold-Smith
Robert Gold-Smith

A former Homer Glen lawyer who won his appeal in a murder-for-hire case is petitioning to have his parole terminated after claiming he already served his time in two other criminal cases, court records show.

Robert Gold-Smith, 57, has been free on bond from the Will County jail since Dec. 22. The 3rd District Appellate Court reversed his conviction of trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill his ex-wife, Victoria Smith, in 2011.

Gold-Smith filed a petition Feb. 7 in Will County Feb. 7 requesting a judge end his parole.

Gold-Smith argued that after he was released from jail, IDOC officials notified him he would remain on parole for four years. He argued his status as a parolee was the result of “improper calculation” by the IDOC of his time served in prison.

He claimed his 2017 communicating with a witness conviction was improperly vacated by IDOC instead of his murder-for-hire conviction. He was sentenced to four years in prison for communicating with a witness.

Gold-Smith argued that once the murder-for-hire conviction is vacated from his record, his time served in prison “more than covers” the sentence in the communication with a witness case and an aggravated domestic battery case, the petition said.

Gold-Smith was sentenced to three years in prison in 2017 after he was convicted of aggravated domestic battery.

His petition also argued his time served would also cover his parole time.

IDOC spokeswoman Lindsey Hess declined to comment on Gold-Smith’s petition. Attempts to reach Gold-Smith were unsuccessful.

Gold-Smith has been representing himself in his murder-for-hire case. He filed a motion Feb. 7 to have the indictment dismissed after claiming the witness in the case provided false testimony to the grand jury.

Gold-Smith claimed the inmate pretended to be him while wearing a wire and saying in the audio recording that he wanted to kill his ex-wife.

"I was wrongfully convicted by Will County prosecutors and they were all aware of the fact that the evidence was fabricated against me," he said.

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