"I KILLED ME A PREACHERMAN," PUNK SOLDIER,
AWOL FROM FORT DRUM, BOASTS - "FELT GOOD,
LIKE I SPIT IN GOD'S FACE." - SPC DANIEL SMITH
GETS 90 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ROBBERY AND
MURDER OF REV. MARK McCALLA AT WEST VA.
RIFLE RANGE - SMITH AND PFC STEPHEN WILSON
GONE FROM NEW YORK ARMY BASE SINCE MAY
2008 - TWO THUGS CONFESS THEY KILLED PASTOR
FOR HIS TARGET RIFLE AND $50 IN CASH
All eyes in the courtroom at Wayne, West Va., were on the hulking figure with close-cropped hair, as the worthless punk was sentenced to 90 years in prison for the robbery and cold-blooded killing of a pastor at a rural rifle range.
"I killed me a (expletive-deleted) preacherman," SPC Daniel Smith, an AWOL soldier from Fort Drum, N.Y., bragged after cops apprehended him and a fellow GI in the brutal slaying of Rev. Mark McCalla, pastor of Highlawn Presbyterian Church in Huntington. "Felt good - like I'd spit in God's face," the creep reportedly boasted to police during interrogation.
Smith and PFC Stephen Wilson of Cincinnati, Ohio, had been on the loose from their Army base near the Canadian border with the United States since May of 2008.
By the next month, both punks found themselves at a country rifle range at Beech Park Wildlife Management Area, where much beloved Rev. McCalla was enjoying an afternoon of target-practice with his own rifle.
COLD-BLOODED KILLING OF "A MAN OF GOD"
According to court papers, the demonic duo decided to rob and kill the innocent man and murdered him in cold-blood. There were no witnesses to the actual shooting, but both men confessed to taking part in the evil deed. West Virginia, unfortunately, has no death penalty on the books.
The two thugs had been nabbed by police in Columbus, Ohio, about a week after the grisly and senseless slaying.
"They were joking around with each other when I put them in my patrol car," said an ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) officer. "I didn't see or hear any expression of remorse for what they had done."
Both participants in a capital murder, no matter who pulls the trigger or does the killing, are equally guilty in the eyes of the law in this mountain state.
Smith had fingered Wilson, both men are 24, as the executioner. That soldier, a private first class, has already gone on record as admitting the homicide. He will go on trial sometime in September.
SMITH GETS "MERCY" FROM THE COURT
A second phase of the sentencing determines whether or not the defendant deserves any "mercy" from the court.
This seems bizarre, because neither Smith, of Newport News, Va., or Wilson showed one ounce of "mercy" to the pastor they killed in cold-blood.
Still, the soft-hearted jury was willing to extend mercy to the menacing-looking convicted killer. They granted Smith a chance for parole in 2046.
By then, Rev. McCalla will have been in Heaven for almost 40 years. His four children will have been without their loving father here on Earth, for an equal amount of time.