DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit teen who pleaded guilty to murdering his mother as she slept last February has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.

Joshua Smith, 14, was tried as an adult in the death of his mother, 36-year-old Tamika Andrea Robinson.

Friday, his grandmother, Annie McKenzie, asked the court for leniency.

“I lost a daughter — now I’m losing a grandson as well,” McKenzie said, through tears. “I would like to ask the court to have mercy on him. He was a good boy, I don’t know what happened that night … That was not the Joshua that I know and love.”

McKenzie said she wants her grandson to know she still loves him, supports him and has forgiven him.

Joshua told police he was tired of being called names. His uncle said Joshua was a good kid who just wanted to hang out and have fun with friends and was tired of helping to care for his mother who was ill.


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