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Man pleads guilty in Vass 12-year-old's slaying

Posted November 1, 2010

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— The fourth of five men charged with killing a 12-year-old Moore County girl three years ago has been sentenced to prison.

Van Roger Smith Jr., 19, pleaded guilty Friday to being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in the death of Emily Elizabeth Haddock. He was sentenced to 58 to 79 months in prison.

Haddock was killed on Sept. 21, 2007, when several men broke into her home in Vass. She had stayed home from school with strep throat, and the burglars were surprised to find her inside, prosecutors said.

She was shot several times with a 22-caliber handgun, authorities said. Her grandfather found her body when he stopped by the home to check on her.

Michael Graham Currie, 21, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree murder and breaking and entering in the case and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison pleaded guilty earlier this year to being an accessory after the fact in the case and was sentenced to 93 to 123 months in prison. Ryan Jermar White pleaded guilty in September to an accessory charge and was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

The fifth defendant, Perry Ross Schiro, has been indicted on an accessory charge and is scheduled for a Nov. 15 court hearing.


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  • IDoNotLikewildcat Nov 2, 2010

    "He was sentenced to 58 to 79 months in prison.

    Good. Maybe he will learn a hard lesson of consequences while in prison." wildcat

    Really???...yep he'll learn a lot in that short amount of time.

  • queene01 Nov 2, 2010

    wow. 123 months. that's only 10 years!!! Rest in Peace Emily

  • scrap0693 Nov 2, 2010

    They should all be fried, now we have to feed and house these pieces of trash for life. Disgusting !!!!

  • tcndc2 Nov 2, 2010

    If that were my grandchild I found, I think I could wait for each one to step out the prison door and give him what he should have gotten, or find someone to. Going to prison would put me right next to the last one I'd take care of.

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  • lolly Nov 1, 2010

    Did any of the criminals call 911 and try to get little Emily medical attention? No, they ALL ran and left her to die.

    These criminals will be on the streets again in a matter of months. What has our Justice system taught the criminals? They have learned that murdering children is OK with the courts and mercy is for the criminals - not the victims. That is EXACTLY these criminals have learned.

  • golfin69 Nov 1, 2010

    Really, some of you are actually surprised by this. Come on these types of pleas are handed down on a regular basis thanks to the wonderful attorneys that present their clients to the courts as the perfect child that had family issues and it caused them to go down this path. I know the state used these people because they could testify against the main person but when people are involved in this type of crime and can get out of jail in a couple of years do you really think justice is served? And we wonder why crime is so common....

  • Iconoclast Nov 1, 2010

    What happened to the felony murder rule. Yes, he was under 18, but he could still be given life in prison. Who brokered this plea deal? Can we get him/her fired? The evidence was solid. There should have been no deals and they should all have gotten life, unless of course, they were eligible for the death penalty. None of these "young men" should ever be allowed to see the light of day again.

  • sssh.. whisper Nov 1, 2010

    Once upon a time there was a law called "Felony Murder" in which all parties involved with a crime (whether intended or not), if in the process another person was killed, all parties would be charged with MURDER...

    This poor child, home sick, was killed because the monsters didn't want to go to jail for burglary and thought they wouldn't get caught.. Yet, now they will go for "accessory" and will probably only spend half the time they were sentenced, to only live off us tax-payers, just to get out and do it again. I am so tired of hearing of these horrible killings.. especially against our innocent children.
    NC needs a better guide of punishement.

    Prayers to this child's family. RIP angel.

  • Kristen168 Nov 1, 2010

    What kind of wimps kill a 12 year old girl? These people never deserved to walk the face of the earth. What on earth does God have in mind when this is allowed to happen?