Judge sentences man to death for Florida girl's rape, murder

Posted at 1:30 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 13:30:00-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to death after a jury convicted him of abducting, raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl in Florida.

According to news reports, a judge issued the death sentence against 62-year-old Donald Smith on Wednesday, weeks after a jury recommended unanimously that he be executed for the crimes.

The jury in February took less than 15 minutes to convict Smith in the 2013 death of Cherish Perrywinkle. She was abducted from a Walmart store in Jacksonville after Smith befriended her mother.

During Smith's sentencing phase, experts testified that he is a psychopath who lacks control over his impulses. Doctors also described Smith as callous, uncaring, manipulative and lacking empathy.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)