Ms. Black Hollywood
Last Thursday 19-year old Lakeith Smith was sentence 65 years for a crime that he did not commit.
According to several sources, Smith was 15 years old when he and a group of friends broke into two homes in Milbrook Alabama.
But, what seemed like a good solution for a quick cash fix turned for the worst after the teens were confronted by police. Which resulted in the shooting death of his friend A’Donte Washington who was killed by a still unnamed officer.
Though Smith was not the shooter he was still tried and convicted under Alabama’s Accomplice liability laws which states he is “legally liable for the behavior of another who commits a criminal offense if that person aids or abets the first person in committing the offense.”
It is said that seconds before sentencing Smith appeared in good spirits and laughed “openly” which seemed to upset the judge. Consequently, Judge Sibley Reynolds of Alabama’s 19th Circuit Court slapped Smith with 30 years for murder, 15 years for burglary and 10 years each for two theft convictions, to be served consecutively.
Smith declined a 25 year plea and obviously received the maximum penalty as a result.
According to theroot.com, “The prosecutor has made public comments that Smith smiled and laughed throughout the sentencing, and the judge seemed incensed that the teen didn’t seem appropriately sorry.
“I don’t think Mr. Smith will be smiling long when he gets to prison,” District Attorney C.J. Robinson said. “We are very pleased with this sentence. Because the sentences are consecutive, it will be a long time before he comes up for even the possibility for parole, at least 20 to 25 years.”
Jennifer Holton, Lakeith’s lawyer said otherwise.
“The officer shot A’Donte, not Lakeith Smith,” she countered. “Lakeith was a 15-year-old child, scared to death. He did not participate in the act that caused the death of A’Donte. He never shot anybody.”
We mourn for Smith and many other black men. Due to a little misguidance, he will spend the best years of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit and a judge that wanted to make an example out of him.