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Man Who Was 13 When He Killed Four-Year-Old Boy Has Been Granted Parole After Decades Behind Bars |  US News

A man who was 13 when he killed a four-year-old boy has been granted parole.

Eric M Smith was convicted of second degree murder in 1994 and sentenced to nine years in life imprisonment.

A year earlier, he had lured Derrick Robie into the woods and hit him on the head with a rock in the New York village of Savona.

Smith first became eligible for parole in 2002, but Derrick’s parents, Dale and Doreen Robie, opposed each of his 11 attempts.

On October 5, he was successful and was told he would be released on November 17, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said.

In addition to statements from the victim’s family, parole boards review an inmate’s criminal history, behavior in prison, risk to public safety, and chances of reintegration with it. success in society.

During the trial, Smith’s attorney tried unsuccessfully to claim he was mentally ill when he strangled, punched and sexually assaulted Derrick, who was walking alone to a local park.

According to New York-based Elmira Star-Gazette, Smith had said in previous interviews with the parole board that he was angry after years of bullying by his father, older sister and classmates.

“He didn’t deserve anything I did to him, no one deserved that kind of violence,” the newspaper said in 2014.

“What I did to him was brutal.”

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