Hart, Smith get life without parole for Orange double murder

  • Joshua Hart and Brittany Smith

  • Brittany Smith, 29, of Athol is sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the murders of Thomas Harty, 95, and his wife, Joanna Fisher, 77, during an Oct. 5, 2016 attack in the couple's 581 East River St. home in Orange —Recorder Staff/David McLellan

  • Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Bucci asks the Superior Court to give Brittany Smith, seated in purple, and Joshua Hart, seated with striped tie, sentences of life imprisonment without parole for the murders of Thomas Harty, 95, and his wife Joanna Fisher, 77. —Recorder Staff/David McLellan

  • Thomas Harty, 95, and his wife, Joanna Fisher, 77, were murdered by Joshua Hart, 25, and Brittany Smith, 29, during an Oct. 5, 2016 attack in the couple's 581 East River St. home in Orange. —Recorder Staff/David McLellan

  • Brittany Smith, seated in purple, awaits her sentence for the murders of Thomas Harty, 95, and his wife, Joanna Fisher, 77, while her co-defendant, Joshua Hart, is led away in handcuffs, having been sentenced to life in prison without parole. —Recorder Staff/David McLellan

  • Don Harty gives his impact statement about the murders of his father, Thomas Harty, 95, and stepmother, Joanna Fisher, 77, and asks the judge give their murderers, Joshua Hart, seated with striped tie, and Brittany Smith life sentences in prison without parole. —Recorder Staff/David McLellan

  • Lucinda Costa gives her impact statement about the murders of her mother, Joanna Fisher, 77, and stepfather, Thomas Harty, 95, and asks for the convicted killers Joshua Hart and Brittany Smith to be given sentences of life imprisonment with parole. —Recorder Staff/David McLellan

For the Gazette
Published: 5/10/2018 4:27:21 PM

GREENFIELD — Joshua Hart and Brittany Smith will spend their lives behind bars for murdering an elderly couple in Orange.

Judge John Agostini gave each Hart, 25, of Athol and Smith, 29, of Athol two life sentences without the possibility of parole, to be served consecutively in the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham.

Hart and Smith were stone-faced upon receiving their sentences at the Franklin County Justice Center. 

Members of the Harty and Fisher families gave victim impact statements about the event, which Agostini called “evil.”

“We all have parents. We all see our parents age. We all live alone,” Agostini said. 

On Oct. 5, 2016, Hart and Smith crept into the home of Thomas Harty, 95, and his wife Joanna Fisher, 77, murdered Harty and fatally wounded Fisher at 581 East River St.

Hart and Smith have 10 days to appeal their guilty convictions, and 20 to appeal their sentences. 

According to Agostini, the only way they will get let out is by a pardon from the governor, and added “how unlikely that may be.”




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