With the same, vacant expression he exhibited throughout his trial, Quentin L. Smith declined to comment Nov. 21 in a Franklin County courtroom before a judge sent him to prison for two consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole for murdering two Westerville police officers.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said he thought Smith’s silence was a good decision.

“I think if he apologized, it would have been phony,” O’Brien said. “The fact that he said nothing is probably a good thing because it would not, in my view, have been appropriate or well-received, either.”

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