On Friday, former NFL player Anthony Smithreceived three consecutive life sentences for killing three men. Authorities also suspected his involvement in Maurilio Ponce’s murder, but a jury couldn’t decide on a verdict. In 1999, The Los Angeles Times reported Smith’s involvement in the shooting deaths of Kevin and Ricky Nettles. In 2001, authorities also believe he participated in stabbing Dennis Henderson to death.

Smith posed as a police officer when he kidnapped the Nettles brothers from their carwash business. They were both found dead the next day while Henderson’s body was located in the backseat of a rental car. Someone had beaten and stabbed Henderson to death.

The Los Angeles Raiders drafted Anthony Smith in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft

The Los Angeles Raiders (now the Oakland Raiders), drafted Smith in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft.

The team selected Smith as the 11th overall pick. He played for the Raiders from 1991 to 1997 and registered 57.5 sacks in 98 games.

After retiring from the NFL, Smith became a criminal and consistently stayed in trouble. In 2003, he was involved in firebombing a furniture store, and became a suspect after authorities found gasoline soaked mail at the crime scene. The mail belonged to Smith and his wife. Two weeks before the fire, he had a run-in with the furniture store’s owner in a dispute over money.

Don’t miss the latest news!
Click on the topic you interest most. We'll keep you updated with all the news you shouldn't miss.
NFL Donald Trump

Authorities don’t know why Smith chose a life of crime after retiring from a successful NFL career

Authorities scratched their heads over why Smith would choose a life of crime after a successful NFL career. Robbery motivated the killings. Of the four murders, Smith only knew Maurilio Ponce, an automobile mechanic. Ponce’s body had two gunshot wounds to the head, and another eight to his torso. Cellphone towers confirmed that Smith was near the location where Ponce’s body was found.

He also had Ponce’s keys and cellphone. Smith claimed Ponce died over a business dispute.

Gone are his days of crushing quarterbacks. Smith will have much to think about as he will spend the rest of his days inside a prison cell.

Don't miss our page on Facebook!
Click to read more