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  • Smith: I wouldn’t return to Savona

  • Eric Smith, who was 13 when he murdered a 4-year-old Savona boy in 1993, does not plan to live in Savona if released from prison, according to a transcript of his May 15 parole hearing.

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  • Eric Smith, who was 13 when he murdered a 4-year-old Savona boy in 1993, does not plan to live in Savona if released from prison, according to a transcript of his May 15 parole hearing.
    Six years ago, Smith said he would likely return to his hometown of Savona if released from prison, but he apparently had a change of heart.
    “I would rather not go back there due to the fact that it’s in the same town that I committed my crime, so I would probably go to a shelter or a halfway house, or something like that,” Smith, now 32, told the parole board. “I would prefer it (a residential program), yeah, because mainly I think that would give me the opportunity to, like, transition from this environment and slowly but surely work my way back into a free environment, so to speak, in stages.”
    Smith’s release is at least two years away. The parole board denied his release – for the sixth time since 2002 – the day after the hearing, and Smith is next eligible for parole in April 2014.
    Also during the parole interview, Smith told the panel that he was finally mature enough to be released.
    “...I also realize that had I been released earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready because emotionally I wasn’t connected,” Smith said. “So having been denied parole five previous times, I’m not opposed to that because I realize that I wasn’t ready.”
    Smith offered little new insight about why committed the crime, telling the board he wanted to hurt someone because he was bullied and abused. Also, he said he has remorse and values life.
    Smith told the parole board he would possibly work as an electrician or in a related field.
    Smith killed Derrick 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.
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