Greg Smith, convicted teen murderer, took pics of great grandparents after killing them

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Afterward, Smith said he collected the shotgun casings, packed some clothes, a sleeping bag, a map of Afghanistan and the $12,000 the Clagetts kept in a safe on the property. He also left out a large supply of dog food, so his puppy wouldn't get hungry.

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Officers at the crime scene.
Last November, Smith pleaded guilty to the murders, and last week, Judge Jeffrey Holmes sentenced the now-eighteen year old to life in prison on one count of murder in the first degree. The earliest he will be eligible for parole is 2050.

"Justice is served in Lincoln County," district attorney George Brauchler said in a statement, "because Gregory Smith has been held accountable for the brutal murder of his elderly relatives who cared and provided for him. Youth is no defense for homicidal acts of this kind."

Look below to see a 9News report from the time of the original crime, followed by the aforementioned affidavit.

Gregory Smith Arrest Affidavit by Michael Roberts

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Greg Smith, 17, charged as adult in killings of great-grandparents Charles & Laura Clagett."

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All murders are ugly and horrible but when omitted by a juvenile,  there's always an 'amplified', "Why ? ", as we look to the children closest to us for some kind of clue or answers . 

In this particular case, there were serious issues that lead to the boy living w/ great-grandparents . It occurring in the small community of Hugo leaves a massive, personal effect on everyone . Each recalling a scene or situation w/ young Greg Smith, followed by a collective knowing, " That boy was NEVER right . "

If this were in fact the case, why the were firearms so easily available and better precautions not taken, making this dbl homicide possibly preventable ? This would be my first question . NEXT, parents w/ troubled teens AND w/ FIREARMS IN THE HOME, use this as yet another example of WHY we MUST USE COMMON F'N SENSE & SECURE ALL GUNS WHERE CHILDREN ARE PRESENT !!!

They are seeking new gun laws to address the recent run of incidents involving firearms . Here's an idea, EVERY GUN SOLD MUST INCLUDE TRIGGER LOCKS or some other kind of safety mechanism ! It's NOT taking the guns away, only ENFORCING the safety & responsibility of the firearm & it's owner .

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@Juan_Leg I'll agree that safekeeping is a must, but trigger locks are dangerous. That jackwas pilot who blew a hole in the bottom of the plane he was supposed to fly was screwing with a trigger lock when he nearly took his foot off. That, and people have a habit of not being able to remove them when someone dangerous is in the next room.

A better alternative is a ready-safe that can generally be opened in two seconds.


@Cognitive_Dissident Not being a gun enthusiast, my sole point is to secure the firearms . I'm not familiar w/ the effectiveness of locks or other gun-safety devices .

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