Mother Speaks Out

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The mother of a slain Florida girl says she has "some bitterness" toward the criminal justice system because the killer was still free despite a probation violation.

A jury convicted Joseph Smith yesterday of kidnapping, raping and strangling eleven-year-old Carlie Brucia (BROO'-shuh) in February 2004. The 39-year-old mechanic had a long criminal record.

Carlie's mother, Susan Schorpen, says the judicial system moves too slowly. She tells C-B-S Smith could have up to 12 years to appeal a possible death sentence while, she says her "daughter didn't make it to 12."

She says the incident should never have happened because the man
she calls "this animal" shouldn't have been on the street.

Schorpen says sex offenders can't be rehabilitated and should never be released from prison.

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