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

Posted August 3, 2010

— A man who rejected a plea two months ago in the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl pleaded guilty Tuesday in the case.

Michael Graham Currie, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and breaking and entering in the Sept. 21, 2007, death of Emily Elizabeth Haddock.

As part of the plea, prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty in exchange for life imprisonment.

Sentencing is scheduled for next week.

Currie, who was one of five men charged in Haddock's death, rejected a plea deal in June, and his trial was scheduled to begin this month.

Investigators said the men intended to break into Haddock's home in Vass and were surprised to find her there. She had stayed home from school with an illness.

Haddock 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.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, Van Roger Smith Jr., Perry Ross Schiro, all of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White of Sanford, were also charged in the case.

Harrison was sentenced to 93 to 123 months in prison after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to accessory after the fact.

Trials for Smith, Schiro and White are pending. None of them faces the death penalty. Smith was too young at the time of the crime to qualify for the death penalty under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and prosecutors have said they wouldn't seek the death penalty against Schiro and White.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 4, 2010

    meBNme, the two hypothetical people in your example...even though they have different backgrounds...are both, equally, murderers. That was my point.

    Maybe we’re both confused...but IMO, your example was suggesting a slap on the wrist for the murderer who had a previously clean record. I do not agree. This “but he’s a nice guy” preferential treatment is wrong. It’s akin to re-assigning pedophile priests to different areas instead of punishing them (and their complicit supervisors) to full extent of the law. It’s wrong.

  • smegma Aug 4, 2010

    they wouldn't have given him the death penalty anyway

  • dancerdot Aug 4, 2010

    My husband died one year after his son was murdered by five who broke into his son's apartment. I easily empathize with the child's family members regarding the grandfather's death. The unintended consequences of man's inhumanity to man is insurmountable because effects pervade other lives--not just the victim's lost life. Still another sad, unintended consequence of this heinous crime is that the criminals' parents have to live with knowing their son killed an innocent child. One of the culprits only gets seven years. The criminals in this case should should be shot in the head and mouth and dropped in a volcano. Fear factor for potential crime would significantly decrease robbery and killing. Our criminal justice system protects the criminals more than the innocent victims. We need a leader to change our system.

  • jimbo141 Aug 4, 2010

    How do we know they are guilty? I believe they were unfairly targeted since they were African Americans. This has been proven through studies at UNC.

    and what coolaid you have been drinking? people like you crying the race card are why things won't change! it's called reverse racism.

  • jimbo141 Aug 4, 2010

    the "young criminals around here KNOW that if they are under 18, they will only get a slap on the wrist! the laws need changing to do away with this! if you commit the crime, you do the time! no plea deals, and no under 18! it kills me that the criminals get to live while this young lady (who was in her own home sick)died in a very greusome way! they should be put to death in the same manner they killed their victims!

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Aug 3, 2010

    I am so sorry for the family about the grandfather to. That family has been through a lot. He is with his beautiful granddaughter. My thoughts & prayers go out to the family. That is so sad. They need to hold together & stay strong. I hope this boy that killed her gets what is coming for him. I really wish they will give him the death penalty. I really don't think they would. If you know them shortcake53 please tell them that they are in my prayers & thoughts, I will be thinking about them & I will be praying that justice will be severed.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Aug 3, 2010

    I agree with you too. They should be punished, it sad that the laws aren't stronger. If they need a game that bad they should have went out & worked for it like I work & others.
    I can't image seeing my grand baby like that. I am sorry for the family & that little girl.
    & Paddie we do need justice, & I hope it gets served but with a very serious punishment.
    & PJ I know the family has been through a lot.

  • shortcake53 Aug 3, 2010

    AW, I'm so sorry to hear the grandfather has passed too, but now he is with his beautiful granddaughter. Best regards to the remaining family.

  • PJ Aug 3, 2010

    You are all right - why should the shooter get a life - he took Emily's. All they had to do was run - more than likely they would have never been caught anyway. The grandfather has now passed on - this family has been through a lot.

  • paddie Aug 3, 2010

    The murderer gets to have a life, maybe not a great life, but at least a life. The girl is gone. She gets nada! That's justice alright!