Convicted child killer Eric Smith denied parole

Updated: 04/14/2014 12:14 PM
Created: 04/14/2014 6:48 AM WHEC.com

Convicted child killer Eric Smith has been denied parole for a seventh time.

Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 when he was just 13 years old. He was sentenced to nine years to life in prison for killing Derrick Robie in Savona, N.Y.

Smith lured Robie into woods, hit him with a rock, stuffed paper in his mouth and crushed his skull with a 26-pound rock.

Smith is due back in front of the parole board in two years.

Parole Board’s decision:

After a review of the record, interview, and deliberation, the panel has determined that your release would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law. Parole is denied.

Required statutory factors have been considered, together with your institutional adjustment including discipline and program participation, your risk and needs assessment and your needs for successful re-entry into the community. Your release plans and any letters of reasonable assurance are also noted.

More compelling, however, are the following: your serious and brutal instant offense of murder 2nd degree whereby you caused the death of your four-year-old male victim. Records indicate that the victim was brutally beaten and was found with two severe fractures to both temple areas and that he was also sodomized with a stick. Your positive programming and clean disciplinary record since your last board appearance are both noted, however, neither of which diminishes the serious loss of life caused by your actions. And while the instant offense represents your sole contact with the criminal justice system, the deviant nature and brutality involved is of particular concern to this panel.

Therefore, based on all required factors in the file considered, including but not limited to, significant community opposition to your release, discretionary release, at this time, is not appropriate.     

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