Abduction Filmed-Prison Expert

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A prison expert says the mechanic who was convicted of raping and murdering 11-year-old Carlie Brucia almost two years ago will likely never see the light of day.

Jurors in Sarasota convicted Joseph Smith on November 17th of kidnapping, sexual battery and first-degree murder.

Defense attorneys today called on prison expert James Aiken during Smith's penalty phase. He told jurors that as a maximum-security prisoner, Smith will be kept away from other prisoners because of the high risk of being attacked by them since he had been convicted of killing and raping a child.

Prosecutor Dennis Nales during the cross examination noted that Smith likely will have access to some prison privileges, such as television and cigarettes. He also cited a recent letter Smith wrote as evidence that Smith might be violent in prison. The letter advised another inmate in another jail how to incapacitate another prisoner by punching him in the throat.

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