Teen gets 30 years in prison for elderly carjacking downstate

By Mark Fowser 5:14pm, July 25, 2014
The first teenager to go on trial in connection with last year's carjacking of an elderly woman in Milford is going to prison for 30 years.

Rondaiges Harper was sentenced Friday in Georgetown, several weeks after being convicted of his role in the kidnapping and carjacking of Margaret Smith.

Harper's defense attorney John Brady spoke to our sister station Delaware 105.9.

"Is he guilty of bad judgment? Because he wasn't there when she was carjacked, wasn't there when she was kidnapped, he came on the scene after it was going on, and I argued that releasing her in a cemetery near dawn was better than what had been proposed by other participants, which was lighting the car on fire and letting her die," Harper's attorney John Brady told our sister station Delaware 105.9.

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Brady says he will appeal the sentence handed down to Harper.

Two teenage girls who prosecutors say abducted Smith after she offered to give them a ride also face trial while one other teenager has copped a plea deal.

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