Lakeith Smith, 19, was charged with felony murder after, as he and four other suspects broke into a home and were subsequently confronted by law enforcement, one of his accomplices, A’Donte Washington, was fatally shot by police. All four remaining suspects were charged under the state’s accomplice liability law. Only Smith pleaded not guilty.
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By pleading not guilty, Smith was turning down an offer set forth by prosecutors of a 25-year sentence, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
The Alabama teen faced trial in Elmore County and, on Thursday, was scheduled to receive his sentence.
As he was waiting for his case to be called, Judge Sibley Reynolds overheard Smith stating, “I don’t have time for this.”
Smith received a sentence of 65 years in prison for felony murder and some additional charges.
“You got plenty of time for this,” said Reynolds. “When I called the case earlier you said you ain’t got time for this, so I didn’t know if you had time for this now.”
Then, Smith started to laugh.
“You just don’t get it do you?” said Reynolds. “He hasn’t said I’m sorry yet. He hasn’t acknowledged to this court that he shouldn’t have done, shouldn’t have come around, in fact, his attitude toward this court and life, in general, has been sour.”
Smith received 30 years for the murder charge, an additional 15 years for burglary, and 20 more years for two theft charges.
“I don’t think Mr. Smith will be smiling long when he gets to prison,” said C.J. Robinson, the chief assistant district attorney. “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.”