Eric M Smith was born on January 22, 1980. Smith was convicted and sentenced for sex abuse, murder and mutilation of Derrick Robie, 4. Smith committed his crimes in Steuben County, New York. Smith was 13 in August 2, 1993, when he killed Robie.
Eric Smith wrote a letter of apology to Derrick Robie’s family. Smith received a sentence of 9 years to life imprisonment. Smith was denied parole in 2006 and 2008. Eric Smith remains jailed in Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. Smith’s current age is 29.
Eric Smith’s family blamed his mental health for his behaviors. Smith’s mother said she took drugs for epilepsy while she was pregnant with Eric. She said Eric was born with learning challenges and exhibited some difficulties during his childhood. Smith himself could not explain why he killed Derrick Robie.
Smith hated bananas. Robie had a banana in his lunch box on the day he was abducted and killed by Smith. The killer quashed the banana with vehemence and that gave a clue to investigators who guessed the suspect did not like bananas and was probably a child. An adult would not destroy a banana at the scene of the crime in such a way. Someone tested Smith by offering to buy him an ice cream with a banana in it (maybe a banana slit).Smith voiced his dislike for the fruit.
Every two years, Smith’s case will be reviewed by a parole board.
Derrick Robie’s family has released the details of how their son died. The Smiths want people to remember Derrick, who was battered with rocks, sodomized and strangled. Robie’s family thinks Eric Smith may not be released into society because of the potential danger he poses.
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