Connecticut Post (Sunday)

Now 41, man who killed 4-year-old at age 13 granted parole


ALBANY — Eric M. Smith, who was 13 when he killed a 4-year-old boy with a rock in western New York, has been granted parole, correction­s officials said on Saturday.

Smith, now 41, appeared for the 11th time before the Board of Parole on Oct. 5 and was granted release as early as Nov. 17, the Department of Correction­s and Community Supervisio­n said in an emailed statement.

Transcript­s of the hearing were not immediatel­y released.

Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 for luring Derrick Robie into woods near the younger boy’s home and striking his head with a rock. Derrick was walking alone to summer camp at a park in the Steuben County village of Savona in August 1993.

The case got wide publicity because of the tender age of the victim and suspect, along with a widely circulated photo of the adolescent Smith in court, wearing a Bugs Bunny sweatshirt and a mop of red hair.

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