Eric Smith, who killed 4-year-old Derrick Robie in Savona in 1993, is up for parole for the seventh time.
A hearing is set for Friday.
Eric Smith, who killed 4-year-old Derrick Robie in Savona in 1993, is up for parole for the seventh time. A hearing is set for Friday. Smith, 34, is serving a life sentence for the murder he committed when he was 13. He was convicted in 1994 of second-degree murder. Smith killed Robie in August 1993 after luring the boy into a wooded area near the boy’s home. Robie was walking alone to a summer camp at a nearby park. Smith strangled Robie, stuffed his mouth with paper and smashed the boy’s head with a 26-pound rock. He also sodomized Robie with a stick. He is currently housed at the maximum-security Collins Correctional Facility south of Buffalo. The last time he was up for parole, in 2012, he told the parole board he didn’t plan to return to the Savona area if released. At that hearing, Smith said he understood why he had been denied parole the previous five times, and that he “wasn’t ready” before. He also said he felt remorse for the killing, but had a desire at the time to hurt someone because he had been abused and bullied.