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

Posted August 3, 2010 12:54 p.m. EDT
Updated August 3, 2010 2:26 p.m. EDT

— 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.