The man convicted of killing a 4-year-old Savona boy back in 1993 has been denied parole for a 9th time.
Eric Smith, now 38 years old, will remain in an Erie County prison, after the state parole board once again elected to keep him incarcerated.
Smith was 13 years old when he lured Derrick Robie into the woods near his home, strangled him, violated him with a stick, and beat him with a rock.
Smith was convicted and sentenced to nine years to life in prison in the murder that made national headlines.
Smith will next appear before the parole board in January of 2020.