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Harlem teen gets life without parole in friend's slaying

Friday, March 2, 2012 12:41 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 3, 2012 2:02 AM
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A Harlem 15-year-old convicted of murder last month for shooting his 14-year-old friend will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Superior Court Judge Michael Annis on Friday sentenced Lacy Aaron Schmidt to life in prison without parole. On Feb. 10, Schmidt had been convicted of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The teenager shot his neighbor and friend Alana May Calahan on Jan. 31, 2011, in her Miles Road home. Annis called Schmidt “emotionless and remorseless” during the trial before handing down the stiffest sentence possible.

Schmidt could have received a sentence of 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 convictions.

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RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 03/02/12 - 01:56 pm
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Well, that is one "gangsta

Well, that is one "gangsta wannabe" we don't have to worry about. Thank you Judge Annis.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/02/12 - 02:00 pm
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Although I agree this young

Although I agree this young man should do serious time, I have a problem with the fact that the court does not think that a 15 year old can get the help they need and be rehabilitated at some point and perhaps eventually get out and lead a productive life. This young girl cannot be brought back and what happened is so tragic for all concerned. We need to be finding out why so many of our youth are committing crimes and trying to find a solution rather than locking them up and throwing away the key.

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corgimom 03/02/12 - 02:19 pm
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There is no "help" or

There is no "help" or "rehabilitation" for sociopaths. She was playing the piano. He shot her in the back of the neck, she had no idea it was coming. She did nothing wrong, there was no argument, no struggle.

And then he drug her body outside, like it was a piece of garbage, and then lied about it and told her sister he didn't know where she was.

He deliberately got the gun, he deliberately shot her. It was premeditated. It was just plain evil.

There is no cure for sociopaths, and the only solution is to lock them up.

It was an appropriate sentence.

c6murphy
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c6murphy 03/02/12 - 03:36 pm
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He is also a kid. If this

He is also a kid. If this kid gets life then the Charlie Rape Gang deserve 20 years and be on the sex offender list

Pops
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Pops 03/02/12 - 03:37 pm
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Thank you Judge Annis. Case

Thank you Judge Annis. Case closed. Human waste out of decent society.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/02/12 - 03:39 pm
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so let's just keep building

so let's just keep building more and more prisons for tax payers to pay for. We can agree to disagree on this one corgimom as we have in the past. Did a medical professional sit with this 15 year old over a period of time and come to the conclusion that he was a sociopath that can never be helped or is that your opinion? We want to treat young people who commit crimes as adults but no one wants to try and get to the bottom of why so many are turning out this way. Is it lack of discipline? Is it the fact that violence is such a part of our lives? Is it all the chemicals that they load into our foods? Or are they really all sociopath's? When I was young no one this age was committing crimes of this nature. Now it is happening all around us and rather than treating them all like adults and putting them away for life we had better be finding out where the problems are coming from and try to find solutions. If not we will have prisons full of young people that tax payers will be paying for until they grow old and die.....

grouse
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grouse 03/02/12 - 03:39 pm
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I agree with stillamazed.
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I agree with stillamazed. Juveniles should not be treated as adults...

Lauren64
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Lauren64 03/02/12 - 04:16 pm
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And because we still have

And because we still have individuals such as grouse and stillamazed is the reason why kids today have no respect or fear of punishment. Corgimom and a few others are correct with locking them up and throwing away the key. They have no place in society and if more Judges, such as Annis, would had down the appropriate punishment, they might think twice about the consequences.

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 03/02/12 - 04:42 pm
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I don't think anyone would be

I don't think anyone would be sympathizing with this young man if he were Black or Latino. It was premeditated and deliberate; otherwise, he would have been charged with manslaughter. It takes a heartless, ruthless person to drag someone into the woods and lie about not knowing anything. Prisons are where murderers and other violent offenders need to be housed. Drug abusers and other nonviolent offenders need to be rehabilitated. Sure, people can change, especially if they have a genuine religious conversion, but we are talking about consequences for actions. This is a tragic situation and my heart goes out to both families, but I commend Judge Annis for his resolve.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/02/12 - 04:48 pm
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@ Lauren64, you never saw it

@ Lauren64, you never saw it on here where I said he should not be punished, I never typed those words on here. I said in my first statement if you took the time to really read, that he should do serious time!!!! You better hope that one of your own children or grandchildren never make a mistake in life, and if they did I bet you that you would not be talking the same talk you are talking now. I would be an idiot to say crime does not need to be punished, but I believe that young minds can still be molded and I believe that there are reasons why so many young people are out of control. So for the record once more, YES, I think he should serve some serious time.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/02/12 - 04:56 pm
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noxiousfumes, you are wrong

noxiousfumes, you are wrong about that, I have felt this way for a long time, race makes no difference to me. Tell me why a 15 year old girl cannot make a conscious decision to have sex with her 18 year old boyfriend but another 15 year old can make a conscious decision to kill someone or to rob a store and be held accountable? Is it only because it is a violent act? Our system is broken and we need to be trying to rehabilitate young offenders regardless of the offense.

puppylov3808
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puppylov3808 03/02/12 - 05:52 pm
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What a PSYCHO!!!!

What a PSYCHO!!!!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/02/12 - 07:04 pm
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I'm just amazing that a 15
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I'm just amazing that a 15 year old gets life w/o parole, not that he may not deserve it, but yet other people like the loser convicted of killing someone and multiple other violent charges who is a waste of flesh was let out to set his daughter on fire. Many grown adults, repeat violent offenders and murders that will never change get chance after chance, but none for a 15 year old?? Like I said, not crying for leniency on any murderer, just stiffer penalties for others worse than he is with a known record of hurting and maiming people. And people wonder why I can't stand a bleeding heart! You create more victims and put so many innocent people in jeopardy.

And give me a break with the race card, a bleeding heart is a bleeding heart no matter the race!!!!

And stillamazed, I am more than happy for my tax dollars to go to build more prisons to hold criminals, especially violent ones and drunk drivers!! I'd pay any cost to keep them off the street vs a bleeding heart letting a known violent person out to victimize or kill just one innocent person. Their rehab should never be worth more than the life of ANY innocent person. They should have thought about that before they committed a crime if they wanted to live free, if not the first... the second...third...forth..etc... Why is there even ever a 3rd??? And as far as juveniles, depends on their history, crime, attitude about their crime and their home life. And how many of those violent teens were given a second chance and turned out to be as bad as we knew they would vs ones who never did wrong again?? Jail doesn't rehabilitate, its a training camp for more violence!!! I'd normally give a kid a second chance, but evidently this guy showed no remorse, if there is no remorse from natural instinct... you can't force that on someone...its just not there and won't ever be!! And remorse due to their punishment doesn't count!! =)

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rmwhitley 03/02/12 - 07:05 pm
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A fifteen year old deserves
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A fifteen year old deserves as much mercy as he/she shows his/her victim.

faithson
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faithson 03/02/12 - 07:22 pm
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Over 50 years incarcerated.

Over 50 years incarcerated. @ 20,000/year, over 1,000,000 on ONE person. gotta be a better way and still have justice served. I am a believer that after a couple of years, the inmate should be given the choice between continuing his sentence or taking a little green pill, a free will choice.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/02/12 - 08:26 pm
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I agree faithson, then there
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I agree faithson, then there are those that we know without a doubt are guilty and deserve the death penalty but we have to spend millions on their defense and incarceration dragging it out for 20-30 years. Sickening. Thank a bleeding heart today!!! =)

RunningMan
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RunningMan 03/02/12 - 10:06 pm
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I am sure the Judge look at

I am sure the Judge look at all the evidence and decided justice would be served by the teenager spending the rest of his life behind bars. I agree. The victim will not get another chance to hang out with friends, or start a family because of him and the judge wanted to make sure he would not have another chance to kill again. Good decision.

a different drum
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a different drum 03/02/12 - 10:19 pm
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This is troubling to me.

This is troubling to me.

Cadence
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Cadence 03/02/12 - 10:48 pm
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He didn't make a mistake, he

He didn't make a mistake, he did it deliberately. A mistake is backing into your neighbor's car, not shooting them in the head.

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Willow Bailey 03/02/12 - 11:40 pm
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a different drum, if you

a different drum, if you don't mind me asking, what is troubling to you other than the fact that it happened?

KSL
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KSL 03/03/12 - 12:20 am
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It amazes me that people are

It amazes me that people are making excuses for children/teenagers committing heinous crimes these days and claiming their youth should excuse them. They know so much more about crime, and punishment, sex and the consequences thereof than we did when I was growing up. If anything, they should be much wiser because they are more educated. It isn't working that way, is it.

The only thing that will stop this out of control criminal behavior is to make examples of a few.

KSL
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KSL 03/03/12 - 12:22 am
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And it is very obvious, based

And it is very obvious, based on his age, that the jury heard some very damaging testimony about him if they came down this hard on him.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/03/12 - 12:36 am
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KSL the judge said he was
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KSL the judge said he was “emotionless and remorseless” . That right there is enough, to me anyway lol That throws the I was holding the gun and it went off on accident and I was scared so I covered it up thing right out the window, because if that were true, you would have much much guilt and remorse. Yes some people show emotion different than others, but you are right, he had to be pretty darn bad for them to think he had not an ounce of remorse.

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KSL 03/03/12 - 12:47 am
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I have had, in my life, the

I have had, in my life, the experience of sitting through a number of hearings, etc because of work experience. Also have served on juries. That is how I know that the evidence had to be overwhelmingly against him.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/03/12 - 04:19 am
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The sentence is the "come
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The sentence is the "come down so hard on him" part it seemed you were referring to. It appears the Judge gave the sentence, not the Jury does it not?

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cozzster 03/03/12 - 05:14 am
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why are we paying to keep
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why are we paying to keep this guy alive for the rest of his life? I really hate moochers.

smartasugarsugar
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smartasugarsugar 03/03/12 - 08:12 am
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i've never been a fan of

i've never been a fan of punishing a child as an adult. a ten year old doesn't think like a 15 yr and a 15 like a 20. i don't think most people start really thinking about the consequences of their actions till they have to pay for them. this young man made a terrible choice, but he is still a young man a mold-able impressionable young mind and that is the part that bothers me about life in jail with grown seriously sick people, chances are he will be worse when he gets out. no one has gained anything. IDK what the fix is but we need a better approach.

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meginlea 03/03/12 - 08:54 am
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Can we all agree that

Can we all agree that although there are a lot of mixed emotions and VALID mixed opinions, none of us were IN the court room and privy to the evidence and medical evaluations with which the lawyers and jury and judge were privy? If we can all agree to that, then we can all agree that our opinions and freedom of speech here, as well-intentioned as it may be, is all a bit unadvised since we don't have ALL the information. At some point, we have to trust our legal system. As imperfect as it may be, it's all we have? Right? And we are not so perfect as to think we could do a better job, are we? So for those with valid opinions and suggestions, I encourage you write in, and make calls, and and ask questions, and BE HEARD if you are really concerned, but I doubt our 'rants' or 'raves' here on this article are taken seriously by anyone, except maybe the person behind the username with which you find yourself momentarily arguing.

glengarryross
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glengarryross 03/03/12 - 10:21 am
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It is amazing how different

It is amazing how different the comment section is when a white kid commits a crime like this....

faithson
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faithson 03/03/12 - 12:48 pm
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good point glen...

good point glen...

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