Associated Press Published

West End Recycling and Owner Convicted of Organized Crime


The owner of a scrap metal business has been convicted of engaging in an organized criminal enterprise.

Media outlets report that Monday, 80-year-old William “Bill” Smith entered a Kennedy plea on the charge, while West End Recycling pleaded guilty to five counts of receiving stolen scrap metal. A Kennedy plea allows a conviction without the defendant admitting guilt.

Smith and his recycling business were indicted on 202 counts last year related to receiving stolen scrap metal.

The conviction of engaging in an organized criminal enterprise is the first in the state under a law intended to deter metal thefts.

The indictment says West End Recycling accepted 74,191 pounds of nickel and copper wire worth more than $315,000 over a three-year span.

Smith will be sentenced on June 14. He faces up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.