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Teen gets 30 Years imprisonment for Murder he didn’t Commit



Teenage sentenced to 65 Years in Jail for Murder he didn't Commit - BellaNaija

Lakeith Smith. (Photo Credit: WSFA 12 News)

Thanks to the accomplice liability laws in the US, a teenager has been convicted of a murder committed by a police officer.

Lakeith Smith, when he was 15, in 2015, had gone on a robbery spree with 4 others in Milbrook Alabama, BBC reports.

The police were called to the scene of the robbery, and a shootout occurred, where a police officer shot at one of Lakeith’s friends, A’Donte Washington.

16-year-old Washington died from the gunshot which went to his neck.

While the policeman who pulled the trigger has been cleared of all charges, Alabama’s accomplice liability laws have found Lakeith guilty for the death.

Because of the law, Lakeith “is legally liable for the behaviour of another who commits a criminal offence if that person aids or abets the first person in committing the offence.”

Lakeith was sentenced 30 years for murder, 15 years for burglary, and 10 years each for two theft convictions, making it 65 years in total.

Lakeith’s lawyer, Jennifer Holton, was displeased by the sentencing, saying:

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.

Photo Credit: WSFA 12 News


  1. zzzzzzzzz

    April 11, 2018 at 10:45 am

    At just 15 you are already an armed robber?

  2. orange

    April 11, 2018 at 11:43 am

    This is outrageous and makes no sense. The policemen who killed the burglar where cleared while an innocent teenager is sentenced to 30 years.. How about 1 year for burglary and another 1 year of probation. When are Americans going to start speaking up and protesting against these private prisons that make money from people getting sentenced. Racist Judge, Money hungry inhuman fools. I’m so pained like he’s my child. I pray his lawyer is for his best interest, if so she’ll appeal and sue the bloody police force, Judge and the state government. Rubbish

  3. Deleke

    April 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    That’s America for you

  4. AmericanWonder

    April 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    @Orange et al. It makes no sense because there is a lot information that has been purposely left out and the story is being used as clickbait to flare racial tensions. Bella you too reporting half story?
    They were robbing a house when the neighbours called the police and fire arms were exchanged resulting in the death of his accomplice, hence one of the counts against him (like being charged for drunk or reckless driving accident, you survive but the passengers die).
    Now despite being caught in the act, he refused to plead guilty & was not remorseful for the loss of his friend. He had totally disregard for the court, held them in contempt and rejected a guilty plea for lesser time. When he was reprimanded for his behaviour in court, he laughed at the judge & said he ain’t got time for this. So the judge gave him time for all 3 charges (armed robbery, shooting at the police & accomplice in murder or sumthin), so now he has plenty of time to think about his actions.
    But if you still feel sorry for him, he’ll be eligible for parole after 25yrs.

    • tunmi

      April 14, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      thank you

  5. gbaskelebo

    April 11, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Gollum stand in place of Justice with his wide open not closed!!! Wow! that is “ugly justice” or better put not justice at all… Also that is one confused law! The accomplice liability law bull crap! He is guilty alright for participating in armed robbery it takes guts to do that! He was just 15… he deserve some punishment but this is extreme!

  6. gbaskelebo

    April 11, 2018 at 5:53 pm


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