Dallasblack.com: Teen Laughs At Judge Sentencing Him 65 Years In Prison For A Crime He Did Not Commit — Video

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Monday, April 16, 2018 2:53 PM

Teen Laughs At Judge Sentencing Him 65 Years In Prison For A Crime He Did Not Commit — Video

By: Monya Fleming

Teen Laughs At Judge Sentencing Him 65 Years In Prison For A Crime He Did Not Commit — Video
A teenage burglar from Alabama was sentenced to 65 years behind bars after he rejected a 25-year plea deal. A jury found the teenager responsible for death of one of his accomplices. 

Elmore County Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds had offered Lakeith Smith, 18, the opportunity to take a plea deal on Tuesday before the first witnesses were brought to the stand. Smith rejected the deal.

Lakeith was convicted of felony murder, burglary and theft for his part in two home burglaries in 2015.

Judge Sibley Reynolds of Alabama's 19th Judicial Circuit Court handed down three sentences, which Smith will serve back to back.

Smith was sentenced to 30 years for murder, 15 years for burglary, and 10 years each for two theft convictions. 


The teenager laughed in court as the sentence was read. 


Lakeith also smiled as he was being led out of  the courtroom, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney, C.J. Robinson.

Robinson later told the media, "I don't think Mr Smith will be smiling long when he gets to prison. 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."


Smith was tried under Alabama's accomplice laws and was found responsible for the acts that led to the death of his friend and accomplice, A'Donte Washington, 16, of Montgomery.

Alabama's accomplice law states a person is legally liable for the behavior of another who commits a criminal offense if that person aids or abets the first in committing the offense.

Smith was not the person that killed Washington, but was still found responsible for his death.

Members of the group, which included Washington, fired shots at Millbrook police officers who responded to a call of a burglary in February 2015.


Washington, who was armed with a .38 caliber revolver, ran towards one officer, who shot the teenager four times.


An Elmore County grand jury cleared the police officer of murder and declined to release his name. Instead, the court found Smith at fault for Washington's death.

Smith's lawyer, Jennifer Holton, stated, "The officer shot A'donte, not Lakeith Smith. 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."


Jadarien Hardy, 22, Jhavarske Jackson, 23, and La'Anthony Washington, 22, all pleaded guilty of felony murder, burglary and theft, according to court records. They are currently awaiting sentencing.


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