A New Jersey lottery poster framed to show man with an erection has died
A New York man whose mugshot was framed to make him appear to be having an erection and who was sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence in 2012 died Tuesday.
Joseph Darnell Smith, 33, of New York, died in the hospital after complications from heart disease, according to his wife, Marissa Smith, a publicist for the New York City Health Department.
Darnell was convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, and solicitation of prostitution for his role in a prostitution ring in Manhattan.
His defense attorney at the time, Paul DeFusco, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
The judge sentenced him to five years in prison.
A representative for the Health Department said Smith’s death was not related to the case.
The health department declined to comment further.
Smith, who was not wearing a protective face mask, was sitting on a subway platform when a male passenger approached him and asked for money, according a police report.
The unidentified passenger, who had no identification on him, took Smith’s wallet and then demanded money.
Smith then allegedly punched the man in the face and tried to drag him off the train.
The man then tried to grab the wallet, which Smith threw away, the report said.
After the man ran off, he called 911 and police arrived.
When they arrived, they found Smith dead from multiple stab wounds.
Police said that when they questioned him, he admitted to having an erect penis and that he had performed oral sex on a girl, but denied having an orgasm.
The New York Police Department said that while Smith was being transported to the hospital, he showed a “marked increase” in behavior and physical movements consistent with an attempted rape.
Smith was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital in upstate New York.
He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The case is under investigation.