When he was 13, Smith lured a 4-year-old boy to a forest in New York State, where he killed him with a stone in 1993.
At the time, the case had attracted the attention of the American public due to the young age of the killer and the dead man.
The minor was convicted at the time of committing a second-degree murder, that is, without premeditation, and was sentenced to 9 years in prison to life.
The point here is that the convict must serve the minimum sentence, which is 9 years, before requesting parole, to serve the remaining years of the sentence.
When the release date came in 2002, the victim’s parents opposed the order. Smith has filed 10 parole requests in recent years, to no avail.
Smith will remain in prison until a date no later than November 17, when he is scheduled to leave prison after spending about 27 years in it, after a decision was made for conditional release, which Restricts the released prisoner’s movement to a specific geographic area.
Smith is currently 41 years old.