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Man who lured and brutally murdered 4-year-old released from prison

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A man who served prison time for the murder of a 4-year-old boy in 1993 has been released from jail.

Authorities say Eric Smith has been released after serving 27 years behind bars and will be residing in Queens, New York.

Investigators say Smith who was 13 at the time, lured 4-year-old Derrick Robie into a wooded area near the boy’s home, strangled him, and then smashed his head with a rock before sexually abusing him.

Robie was said to have been walking to a summer camp at a nearby park at the time.

Smith was taken into custody about a week after the incident which gained national attention.

The then teen was tried as an adult and convicted of second-degree murder following a trial in Steuben County Court.

Smith who is now 41-years-old, was previously denied parole 10 times before the Board of Parole granted his release following an Oct. 5 appearance.

Robie’s parents appeared at every hearing and objected to his release.

In order for Smith to remain in public, he will not be able to leave New York state without permission, must have regular contact with his parole officer, cannot possess any firearms or other deadly weapons, among several other restrictions.