DEATH. That is the sentence for the actions of Joseph Smith who murdered 11 year old Carlie Brucia. Smith was sentenced to death by lethal injection by Judge Andrew Owens.
“The scales of life and death tip unquestionably toward death,” said Circuit Judge Andrew Owens.
Brucia killer sentenced to death
SARASOTA, Fla. – A former mechanic convicted of raping and murdering 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction was caught on a car wash security camera, was sentenced to death Wednesday for her murder.
Joseph Smith who was convicted of raping and killing 11-year-old Carlie Brucia. There is honestly no punishment, live in prison or the death penalty, that fits the crime that this man did. There is no punishment severe enough to make this man pay for the crime that he committed.
(CNN) — In a 10-2 vote, a Florida jury recommended Thursday that Joseph P. Smith should be put to death for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.
Prosecutor Debra Riva argued that Smith should receive the death penalty for the killing of Carlie Brucia, who Smith kidnapped from a car wash parking lot on February 1, 2004, as the youngster was walking home from a friend’s house.
Smith, 39, was convicted November 17 of kidnapping, first-degree murder and sexual battery. It took the jury five hours to return the verdicts. Fox News: Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Killer of Carlie Brucia
SARASOTA, Fla. — After deliberating into the evening, jurors were ready to deliver their sentencing recommendation of the death penalty or life in prison without parole for a mechanic convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing 11-year-old Carlie Brucia.
“The advisory sentence on a majority vote of 10-2 recommends the court impose the death penalty upon the defendant. So say we all this 1st of December,” said the court clerk as she read the jury’s decision.
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Circuit Judge Andrew Owens ultimately will issue the sentence and could do so as early as next month. Under the law, he must give great weight to the jury’s decision before imposing a sentence of death or life in prison without parole.
Smith, 39, showed no reaction as the recommendation was read. Carlie’s mother, Susan Schorpen, let out deep sobs and hugged relatives. Patricia Davis, Smith’s mother, left the courtroom crying.
“I’m overwhelmed. Yes, it’s what I wanted,” Schorpen said. “He may be condemned, but he’s still breathing, and my daughter is not.”