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Life sentence handed down in Vass 12-year-old's slaying

Posted August 10, 2010

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— A man who pleaded guilty last week to killing a 12-year-old Moore County girl almost three years ago was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole.

Michael Graham Currie, 21, pleaded guilty on Aug. 3 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 against Currie.

"I'm not cruel," Currie told Haddock's family before he was sentenced. He asked them for the "solitude of forgiveness."

Joy Haddock said the family was given a life sentence in September 2007 – a life without their daughter. She said her daughter never got the chance to attend her high school prom, drive or get married, and she wanted Currie to know everything he had taken away from the girl.

Investigators said Currie and four other men intended to break into the Haddock home in Vass and were surprised to find Emily there. She had stayed home from school with strep throat.

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.

Killer seeks forgiveness from girl's family

Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger said she pursued the plea deal because she had no forensic evidence that singled out Currie as the shooter. As part of his plea, however, he admitted to being the person who pulled the trigger, she said.

"The Haddock family knows with certainty the identity of the person that murdered their little girl," Krueger said.

Joy Haddock said the image of her terrified daughter alone in the house when an armed man broke in will haunt her for the rest of her life. Still, she told Currie in court, "May God bless you."

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.

Trials for the other three defendants, Van Roger Smith Jr., Perry Ross Schiro and Ryan Jermar White, are pending.


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  • thepeopleschamp Aug 11, 2010

    Currie was on trial for another crime a few weeks before this murder happened, and a jury found him not guilty. Who's to say another naive and mislead jury wouldn't find him not guilty again? I'm all for him getting the death penalty but I also understand that you can't depend on a jury to do that. Currie had a long and violent criminal history before he did this. I don't how this girls family will ever overcome what Currie took from them.

  • outback1967 Aug 11, 2010

    Since this horrible incident my daughter is a little older and has become very good with my weapons. I have taught her that if this type of situation happens shoot and fight with all your might and kill as many of these rodents as you can.These people are worthless to society. If an animal kills a human it is put down. If a human kills another in a animalistic way why can't we put them down too?

  • 2SWEETBOYS Aug 11, 2010

    they all need to be put to death.....end of story! I hated hearing this on the news last night.....makes me sick to my stomach!

  • duke1man2002 Aug 10, 2010

    WOW!!! LIfe for him and this poor girl didn't get to see her 13th birthday!!!!!! Now we as taxpayers get to pay for his food, medical care, games(basketball) and housing. WOW!!!!!

  • ForTheLoveOf Aug 10, 2010

    Just sentence all four of them to death. "I'm not cruel"....I can't believe he would even say that. Asking for forgiveness I can understand. Absolution is important, if not selfish, but to make a statement like that....

  • shortcake53 Aug 10, 2010

    Every time I read anything about this story I get angrier. They are cold hearted killers, and they deserve what they dished out.
    I hope her face haunts their days and nights for the rest of their lives. God bless her little soul.

  • uncfan89 Aug 10, 2010

    I beleive the other 3 aren't eligible for the death penalty because they were not 18 when the crime was committed. I think this one was the only one that qualified. This same crowd was in court just a week or so before this on B&E charges in Harnett Co. and they were given probation if they had been put in jail where they belonged this little girl would still be alive. If you want to blame a judge and DA it should be the ones that didnt lock them up when they had a chance.

  • Lead by Example Aug 10, 2010

    I hope that the death penalty can be pursued against the other three men, and that they follow suit and plead guilty. If they want a trial then i hope the jury picks a death sentence.

  • colliedave Aug 10, 2010

    Like in a tiny cell in a maximum security prison, its not like he got a walk. Frump

    life at CP is hard but not that hard. three hots and a cot, regular times for exercise. if one keeps his nose clean regular movies.

    our military in the field have it harder

  • Frump Aug 10, 2010

    Absolutely... The judge is only following the recommendations of the prosecutor. Read the article. If you want to vote someone out that would be the DA. But, remember this is a slam dunk for life w/out parole. No chance of a hung jury or a mis-trial, or getting off on a technicality, or having evidence excluded, etc... Like in a tiny cell in a maximum security prison, its not like he got a walk.