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'I Did It': Federal Prisoner Admits To Murder During Facebook Live Stream From Inside Jail Cell
He laughs, says he loves the victim and then makes a gun with his hand and admits to killing him.
Joseph Fletcher is finishing up a 39-month sentence inside a federal prison for a weapons charge and is due to be released in May. Over the weekend, he livestreamed a 49-minute Facebook Live video from a smuggled phone and seemingly confessed to a much more heinous crime: the 2010 murder of 19-year-old LaDonte Smith.
At one point in the video, 30-year-old Fletcher makes a gun with his finger and exclaims, "I did it... everybody know I did it.”
He also said, after claiming he loves the man he has claimed to have killed, “What happened happened; it's a cold game. I'm talking about, it's a cold game."
"I seen it with my own eyes," he added.
According to Fox8, Fletcher has been described by police as one of Akron, Ohio’s "most dangerous individuals." Fletcher seems to revel in this designation and boasts about how police are scared of him in his clip.
"Every law enforcement up there hate me,” he said during the Facebook Live stream.
Another man had pleaded guilty to murdering Smith, which Fletcher referenced on Saturday.
"If it wasn't for Champy I'd have a life sentence right now."
Smith's mother, Lashoane Andrus, told Fox8 she was distraught over the video.
"It really hurt me. I sat at the table for like a half hour just sitting there, just staring, just watching the video over and over again,” she said.
She continued, saying, "I was actually going to call the federal prison today and find out how he got that phone, but I had heard they got it already so I'm sure it's under investigation now."
Now, the grieving mother isn’t so sure that Anthony “Champy” Smart, who pleaded guilty to her son’s death and is now serving 17 years, is the man responsible.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, she now wants her son’s shooting death revisited.