Detroit teen pleads guilty of murdering his mother

DETROIT – Joshua Smith, a14-year-old defendant from Detroit, today pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder which carries a sentence of 25 to 50 years in prison and Felony Firearm which carries a mandatory two year consecutive penalty. He will be sentenced before Judge Bruce U. Morrow on Friday, October 26, 2012, at 8:30 a.m.

The youth was charged with First Degree Murder and Felony Firearm in connection with the February 27, 2012 fatal shooting death of his 36 year-old mother, Tamika Andrea Robinson.

The boy’s uncle and victim’s brother, Leshaun Roberts, told Tell Us Detroit that he forgave his nephew despite what he’s accused of doing and “only God can judge him.”

Smith allegedly found a gun in the home and shot his mother multiple times after a verbal argument that occurred in the family home located in the 5700 block of Burns in Detroit. He left the home after the shooting, but was later apprehended by the police on the same day.

Smith will also be tried as an adult on charges of First Degree Murder and Felony Firearm. He also was ordered to pay a $1 million dollar bond or sit in jail until a March 8th preliminary hearing.


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