ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) –
LaKeith Smith, 19, made fun of a judge’s comment during his sentencing Thursday. He’ll spend 65 years in prison for felony murder, armed burglary, second-degree theft, and third-degree theft.
An Elmore County jury found Smith guilty of the felony counts in March. He was the only defendant of four that did not plead guilty. Smith was tried under Alabama’s accomplice liability law for the death of the 5th suspect, A’Donte Washington, who charged a Millbrook policeman with a gun and was consequently shot and killed.
Because Washington was killed throughout the commission of a felony, all suspects involved were accuseded of felony murder for his death.
Judge Sibley Reynolds noted that Smith had actually revealed no regret for his actions during the entire trial process and took no opportunity to apologize.
Reynolds overheard Smith say, “I don’t have time for this” while waiting to be called and, and the judge confronted him about his remarks.
“You got lots of time for this,” Reynolds discussed to Smith prior to bying far the sentence. “When I called the case previously you stated you ain’t got time for this, so I didn’t know if you had time for this now?”
Smith laughed and decreased his head, specifying he didn’t understand the judge heard him.
Reynolds paused and asked Smith, “You simply do not get it do you?”
“He hasn’t stated I’m sorry yet,” the judge went on. “He hasn’t acknowledged to this court that he should not have done, shouldn’t have occurred, in fact, his mindset towards this court and life, in general, has actually been sour.”
Smith’s grandfather made an impassioned plea for his grand son’s liberty, asking the judge to reveal grace.
“Give him a chance to tell you he’s sorry,” the grandfather pleaded with Reynolds.
“He’s had every chance,” the judge reacted. “I’ve asked 2 or three times today.”
“Are you sorry?” the grandpa asked Smith then responded he was sorry for his actions and sorry for his “homeboy”, referencing A’Donte Washington.
Chief District Lawyer C.J. Robinson noted Smith’s attitude in court.
“After the jury decision, he was laughing. Today in court he was chuckling,” Robinson stated. “I have yet to understand exactly what was so funny.”
Robinson discussed Smith was a young man with his whole life ahead of him today has to pay the repercussions for some extremely bad decisions.
“Standing there in court, I couldn’t help but have compassion for his grandfather, for his household,” Robinson went on, “due to the fact that of his stupidity, they have actually lost him for 65 years.”
Smith’s co-defendants Jadarrian Hardy, Jhavarske Jackson and Le’Anthony Washington have all pleaded guilty in this case. Hardy is arranged for sentencing in May. Washington is waiting for a new sentencing date, and Jackson was sentenced to 28 years in jail.
Now 3 of the defendants will stand trial for other criminal activities in Montgomery that supposedly took place prior to they showed up in Elmore County. Jackson and Hardy are charged with murder in Montgomery County and Washington is charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping.
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