‘I ain’t sorry’ – convict Lakeith Smith smiled and laughed during his sentencing hearing on Thursday. He is going away for 65 years on charges of accomplice murder
An Alabama teen who had turned down a 25-year sentence in a plea deal laughed and smiled in court on Thursday as he was sentenced to 65 years in prison for felony murder, armed burglary, second-degree theft, and third-degree theft.
The presiding judge, Sibley Reynolds, noted that Smith had shown no remorse for his actions during the entire trial process and took no opportunity to apologize.
Judge Reynolds even overheard the defendant saying “I don’t have time for this” as he was waiting for his case to be called, according to WECT.
“You got plenty of time for this,” Judge Sibley Reynolds would later tell Smith as he sentenced him to consecutive terms in an Elmore County courtroom.
“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?”
At that point Smith laughed, according to the station, and said he did not know the judge had heard him.
“You just don’t get it do you?” Judge Reynolds said.
“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.”
Judge Reynolds then handed down a 30-year sentence for felony murder, a 15-year sentence for burglary and two 10-year sentences for the two theft convictions. Reynolds then ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.
Psychopath: Judge Reynolds overheard Smith say, “I don’t have time for this” while waiting to be called and. Confronted by the judge about his comments. Smith smiled and laughed during his sentencing hearing on Thursday.
Smith was one of four suspects charged in the death of accomplice A’Donte Washington, who was fatally shot by police. All four were charged with felony murder in connection to the state’s accomplice liability law, according to WECT.
The five suspects had broken into two homes in Millbrook on Feb 23, 2015, reports the Montgomery Advertiser, When Millbrook police officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress, one of the co-defendants began shooting at an officer as he entered the home. Testimony brought out that several of the co-defendants fired at the officer. The suspects left the home and ran into the backyard, still firing at the officer.
A’Donte Washington, 16, ran out of the backyard through a gate in the privacy fence. Police officer body camera footage played in court during Smith’s trial showed Washington armed with a 38 cal. revolver and running toward and pointing the gun at an officer, who then fired his sidearm four times, striking and killing Washington.
For the trial, 19-year-old Smith was the only one not to plead guilty, turning down an offer of 25 years.
“I don’t think Mr. Smith will be smiling long when he gets to prison,” chief assistant district attorney C.J. Robinson told local media.
“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.”
Business as usual: Smith laughs during one of his previous court appearances
Smith was given 30 years for felony murder, 15 years for burglary, and two 10-year terms for theft, according to the newspaper.
His grandfather asked the judge to show some leniency. “Give him a chance to tell you he’s sorry,” he said to the judge, according to WECT.
“He’s had every opportunity,” the judge responded. “I’ve asked two or three times today.”
“Are you sorry?” the grandfather asked Smith, according to the station. The teen said he was sorry for what he did and for his “homeboy,” a reference to Washington, according to the station.
Smith’s co-defendants Jhavarske Jackson, 23, Jadarien Hardy, 22 and La’Anthony Washington, 22, all of Montgomery, Alabama, entered guilty pleas on charges of felony murder, burglary and theft in this case.
Jackson was sentenced to 28 years in prison. Hardy is scheduled for sentencing in May, while Washington is awaiting a new sentencing date.
The three other defendants still have scheduled trials for other crimes in Montgomery that reportedly occurred before they arrived in Elmore County.
Jackson and Hardy are charged with murder in Montgomery County and Washington is charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping.