Child Killer Gets Death Penalty

The nation witnessed the moment he kidnapped Carlie Brucia. Now it witnesses the moment the judge declares Joseph Smith should die for his crimes.

Smith looked on with no noticeable reaction as a circuit judge in Sarasota backs the jury's death verdict of last December two years ago. A surveillance camera caught Smith abducting the 11-year-old girl outside a car wash.

Laurie Brucia, her aunt, says, "Am I happy with the verdict? Happy would be to have Carlie here, but that will never happen."

The sentence will automatically get appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, a process that could delay any final resolution to this case for years.


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