Harlem teen convicted of murder to be sentenced Friday

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A Harlem 15-year-old convicted of murder last month for shooting his 14-year-old friend is expected to be sentenced this morning.

After four days of testimony and four hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Lacy Aaron Schmidt on Feb. 10 of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Authorities say he shot his neighbor and friend Alana May Calahan on Jan. 31, 2011, inside her Miles Road home.

Schmidt could receive life, with or without the possibility of parole, for the murder conviction. The possession charge carries a five-year sentence, to run consecutive to any other sentence.

He initially claimed he saw an intruder on the property. Eventually, Schmidt told authorities he accidentally fired a gun belonging to Alana’s father in her family’s dining room.

Schmidt’s attorney, Penelope Donkar, contended at the trial that he “lost it” and that the shooting was a tragic accident.

Sheriff’s deputies found the gun in nearby woods. They also found the gun case, ammunition and a camera belonging to the Calahans inside Schmidt’s house.

He was indicted in March 2011 on charges of murder, theft and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He pleaded not guilty in May.

Schmidt has been held in the Columbia County Detention Center since the conviction awaiting sentencing.

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overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 03/01/12 - 05:56 pm
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I'm pretty sure he is in YDC,

I'm pretty sure he is in YDC, not the CC Jail.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 03/01/12 - 06:39 pm
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Fact presented without

Fact presented without comment: We're the only modernized country in the world that gives life sentences to juveniles.

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larrysheather 03/01/12 - 07:38 pm
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To those who think it is

To those who think it is unjust for any person young or old to not receive a life sentence for murder are completely incorrect. Alana was a family friend, my daughter’s best friend, and she is truly missed. She will never experience High school, driving, dating, marriage, kids, and being with her family ever. So in my opinion the senseless murder of a young girl is unjust not serving a life sentence. Leave the Calahan family alone they are friends, and Aaron is getting what he deserves; he took an innocent young life; thus, his is over.

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rmwhitley 03/01/12 - 08:02 pm
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We're not the only country to
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We're not the only country to allow "juveniles" to viciously assassinate people with impugnity, but we're not supposed to behave as a "third world" country.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 03/01/12 - 11:10 pm
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larry- I don't think there's

larry- I don't think there's any doubt that what this kid did was wrong, tragic, and just awful. But it is interesting that we're the only country in the modernized world that locks up kids for life and throws away the key. If you can live with that, that's fine and you are certainly entitled to that opinion.

If you think children should be punished as adults, I assume you will also advocate that we treat them like adults in other ways: let them legally vote, smoke, drink, etc. Totally up to you. I assume you believe that a 14 year old has the same cognition as an adult, so these other things should be acceptable to you.

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nanowerx 03/02/12 - 08:16 am
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Sorry folks, justice is more

Sorry folks, justice is more important than a point some are trying to make about our prison system. People who cast a "child" light over every teenager has obviously never been around a teenager. Some act childish and some are grown mentally. Age does not determine mental capacity. This guy showed, through his actions, that he knew exactly what he was doing and took steps to cover up his crime. This wasn't some 8-year old that was playing with a gun and accidentally killed somebody, this was COLD BLOODED MURDER. Now if YOU can live with that, so be it, but the rest of us require some justice.

I am more concerned with non-violent pot users filling up our jails rather than a sick, evil person who executed his own friend.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 03/02/12 - 11:15 am
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nonowerx - I can certainly

nonowerx - I can certainly agree with you about the drug users. But, you're wrong about mental capacity. The brain isn't fully developed until early 20s. So, yes, age determines mental capacity. As I said, hence the reason we don't let children vote, drive, etc.

So, I assume you, like Larry, will now be advocates for the "14 year olds get to vote, drive, and smoke" act.

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Einstein 03/03/12 - 02:22 pm
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Yeah... Let all of the

Yeah... Let all of the dangerous ones out. Let them move into YOUR neighborhood though.... Not mine. You see, it's not about the poor misguided souls who do these things.... Putting them away isn't done to somehow "rehabilitate" them. It is done to protect society from a person who has been proven to be a threat to others. This isn't done in a haphazard way without much consideration, as is implied by others. As to the comment that the United States is the only place that protects their citizens from dangerous teenagers.... Check your facts. There are many large countries that would not have even given him a trial such as China. We are all entitled to our own opinions, but do you really want to pattern our country's justice system after others simply because you think that we are somehow inferior to them?

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