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| name = Eric M. Smith
| birth_date = {{Birth date|1980|1|22|mf=y}}
| birth_place = [[Steuben County, New York]]
| death_date = {{Death date and age|2011|10|5|1955|2|24|mf=y}}
| death_place = [[Palo Alto, California]], US
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'''Eric M. Smith''' (born January 22, 1980) is an [[United States|American]] criminal, [[incarcerated]] for the [[murder]] of four-year-old Derrick Robie (born October 2, 1988) on August 2, 1993, in [[Steuben County, New York]]. Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 and sentenced to the maximum term then available for juvenile murderers—a minimum of nine years to life in prison.
==Early life==
Smith enjoyed spending time with his grandparents, Red and Edie Wilson; Red said "He'd always come in and give us hugs and kisses. He liked being a clown."<ref name ="CBS News">{{cite web|last=Leung|first=Rebecca|url=|title=Why Did Eric Kill?|publisher=[[CBS News]]|date=February 11, 2009}}</ref> However, Eric Smith had been diagnosed by a defense psychiatrist with [[intermittent explosive disorder]], a mental disorder causing individuals to act out violently and unpredictably.<ref>{{cite web|last=Mauro|first=Marisa|url=|title=Take All Prisoners|date=February 13, 2010|publisher=Psychology Today|accessdate=June 7, 2012}}</ref> According to court documents, Smith, a [[loner]], was often tormented by bullies for his protruding low-set ears, thick glasses, red hair and freckles.
On August 2, 1993, Eric Smith was riding his bike to a summer [[day camp]] in a local [[park]] and 4-year-old Derrick Robie was walking alone to that same camp. Smith saw Robie<ref name = "Too Young to Kill">[ Too Young To Kill - 15 Shocking Crimes]</ref> and lured him into a nearby wooded area. There, Smith strangled him, dropped a large rock on the boy’s head, undressed his body, and sodomized him with a tree limb. The cause of death was determined to be blunt trauma to the head with contributing asphyxia.
Around 11:00 am, Robie's mother, Doreen, went to the park to pick up her son, only to find that Robie had not arrived. After four hours of investigation, Robie's body was found.<ref name = "Too Young to Kill"/> The murder case made national headlines, largely due to the age of the killer (13) and of the victim (4).<ref name ="CBS News"/>
==Conviction and incarceration==
On August 16, 1994, Smith was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to the maximum term then available for juvenile murderers — a minimum of nine years to life in prison.<ref name = "Too Young to Kill"/> While in jail, Smith wrote an apology letter to Robie's family; he read it on public television: "I know my actions have caused a terrible loss in the Robie family, and for that, I am truly sorry. I've tried to think as much as possible about what Derrick will never experience: his 16th birthday, Christmas, anytime, owning his own house, graduating, going to college, getting married, his first child. If I could go back in time, I would switch places with Derrick and endure all the pain I've caused him. If it meant that he would go on living, I'd switch places, but I can't." At the end of this statement, Smith states that he cannot bear the thought of "walls, razor wire, and steel metal bars" for the rest of his life. He has also apologized to Derrick Robie in interviews.<ref>{{cite web|last=Andriatch|first=Bruce|url=|title=19 years later, kid who killed faces us again|publisher=[[Buffalo News]]|date=April 17, 2012|accessdate=April 18, 2012}}</ref>
Smith has been denied parole six times since 2002, most recently in May 2012.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Parole hearing for child killer Eric Smith rescheduled for this week ||date=May 14, 2012|accessdate=June 7, 2012}}</ref> The parole board cited a concern for public safety in its decision, and Robie's parents opposed his release.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Family of victim relieved Eric Smith denied parole|publisher=WHAM 13|date=May 16, 2012|accessdate=June 25, 2012}}</ref> At that hearing, he told a parole board he would not return to [[Savona, New York|Savona]] if released, and instead would go to a shelter or halfway house.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Parole Board Releases Eric Smith Trascripts||date=May 30, 2012|accessdate=June 25, 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Smith: I wouldn't return to Savona|publisher=Steuben Courier|date=June 4, 2012|accessdate=June 25, 2012}}</ref>
Smith is next eligible for parole in April 2014.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=No parole again for convicted killer Eric Smith| |date=2012-05-16 |accessdate=2012-05-19}}</ref>
Smith was held in a juvenile facility for three years and was then transferred to an open prison for young adults. In 2001, he was transferred to the [[Clinton Correctional Facility]] in [[Dannemora (village), New York|Dannemora]], [[New York]], a maximum security prison.<ref>{{cite news |title=Eric Smith denied parole again |first=John |last=Zick |newspaper=The Corning Leader |date=9 Apr 2010 |url= }}</ref> As of March 27, 2013, the NYS Department of Corrections website shows him incarcerated at [[Collins Correctional Facility]], a medium security prison for male inmates in Erie County, New York, USA.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Documents|accessdate=October 23, 2012}}</ref>
==See also==
* [[Murder of James Bulger]]
* [[Mary Bell]]
* [[Craig Price (murderer)]]
* [[Josh Phillips (murderer)]]
==External links==
*[ What Childhood is Meant to Be] from The Malefactor's Register
*{{cite news |title=Child killer Smith up for parole |first=John |last=Zick |newspaper=The Corning Leader |date=2 Jun 2008 |url=}}
*{{cite news |title=Eric Smith denied parole again |first=John |last=Zick |newspaper=The Corning Leader |date=13 Jun 2008 |url=}}
| NAME=Smith, Eric
| SHORT DESCRIPTION=American criminal
| DATE OF BIRTH=January 22, 1980
| PLACE OF BIRTH= [[Steuben County, New York]]
| DATE OF DEATH=dingdong
{{DEFAULTSORT:Smith, Eric}}
[[Category:1980 births]]
[[Category:Living people]]
[[Category:American people convicted of murder]]
[[Category:American murderers of children]]
[[Category:Murder committed by minors]]
[[Category:People convicted of murder by New York]]
Reason: ANN scored at 0.951656
Reporter Information
Reporter: JimmiXzS (anonymous)
Date: Friday, the 14th of October 2016 at 02:28:59 PM
Status: Reported
Monday, the 5th of January 2015 at 09:56:25 AM #97520
gordon (anonymous)


Friday, the 14th of October 2016 at 02:28:59 PM #106539
JimmiXzS (anonymous)