“In a report from USA Today, 18-year-old Lakeith Smith was convicted of killing his friend A’Donte Washington on Friday. Smith was offered a plea deal of 25 years but didn’t accept it, receiving 65 years instead.
However, Smith didn’t commit the crime he is being charged for, which stems from an incident that occurred three years ago. In 2015 Smith, then 15, broke into two homes with four other teens in Millbrook, Alabama. Midway through the robbery police arrived and a shootout occurred between the teens and officers, with Washington fatally shot during the altercation.
Although Smith didn’t shoot Washington he was still charged with the murder as an adult under Alabama’s accomplice liability laws. Because of the laws, Smith “is legally liable for the behavior of another who commits a criminal offense if that person aids or abets the first person in committing the offense.”
The officer who fired the fatal shots at the 16-year-old, however, was cleared of all charges by a grand jury.”
Teenager Lakeith Smith Sentenced To 65 Years For Death Of Friend Killed By Cop
The 18-year-old denied a plea deal of 25 years, receiving a full 65-year punishment from an Alabama judge instead.