ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An inmate serving a life term for killing a 4-year-old boy when he was 13 is up for parole for the seventh time.
Eric Smith, now 34, is serving nine years to life in prison for killing Derrick Robie in the western New York village of Savona. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 for luring the little boy into the woods where he hit him with a rock, stuffed paper in his mouth and crushed his skull with a 26-pound rock.
Smith is in the maximum security Collins Correctional Facility 25 miles south of Buffalo. His parole hearing is Friday. He was denied parole after his last hearing in 2012.