Erica Hicks’ Murderer Sentenced
Posted by Childress on August 7, 2006
A teen who was convicted of manslaughter for killing South Carolina teen Erica Hicks by giving her Ecstasy, cocaine and heroine, has been sentenced:
A Cary teen found responsible for giving a fatal dose of drugs to a friend will have to help pay for her funeral, face at least a year of probation and possibly undergo drug and alcohol treatment under a sentence handed down in a Wake County courtroom Friday.
The court also plans to appoint an advocate from the county’s guardian ad litem program to monitor the youth’s progress when he returns home and ordered the teen’s father to enroll in a parental responsibility class.
The 16-year-old boy was found to have committed involuntary manslaughter in the death of Erica Hicks of Garner, who died in October after ingesting cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy. The Cary teen, who was accused of supplying the drugs to Hicks, also was found to have possessed ecstasy with the intent to sell it.
Wake County District Court Judge Craig Croom ordered the boy to pay $1,000 to Hicks’ father to help cover funeral expenses. Croom also required that the boy be evaluated to determine whether he needs drug and alcohol treatment.
Sorry, but I think this kid needs jail time to make the consequences of his action hit home. I’m afraid that unless he is more mature than his actions indicate — especially the fact that he kept medical help from responding — he will feel he got away with this crime. That has two possible negative outcomes: He’ll not be able to process his guilt appropriately and it will mess up his life, or he will become even more reckless since he got away with this crime.