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Knox man to plead guilty to weapons charge

A Knox County man plans to plead guilty on a weapons charge that was filed against him as he waited to report to federal prison in an earlier corruption case.

Henry Matt Smith's attorney filed a motion seeking a hearing for Smith to plead guilty in the gun case. The hearing is scheduled Feb. 5 but might be delayed, according to a court document.

Smith is the brother of former Knox County Judge-Executive Raymond C. Smith. The two admitted that while Raymond Smith was in office, they took part in a scheme to have companies owned by Henry Matt Smith do work for the county and cover up the payments.

Henry Matt Smith, 37, was sentenced on Oct. 15 to serve 10 months. A judge allowed him to remain free until he was scheduled to report to prison Dec. 1.

Just days later, however, he allegedly possessed a .45-caliber machine gun and told his girlfriend he planned to use it to kill her ex-husband and another man, according to court documents.

He is charged with illegal possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a machine gun and silencer not registered to him.