Woman responsible for cop's death up for parole
The woman responsible for the death of a beloved police officer back in 2009, is slated to go before the parole board later this week. The family of Frankie E. Smith, however, has started a petition online, hoping the board denies her early release.
It was on the evening of December 30, 2007 when Smith, a Guam Police Department officer, was struck and killed by Charmi Retuyan's vehicle. He was on his motorcycle responding to a disturbance in Tumon. Retuyan, was drunk at the time of the crash.
In March 2009, Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola sentenced Retuyan 20 years behind bars. Sukola imposed 15 years for the vehicular homicide charge and 5 years for the special allegation charge of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. At that time, Retuyan addressed the court and Smith's family saying, she was sorry "from the bottom of her heart" and that she accepts and is ready to face the consequences of her actions.
Now with five years left to serve, she will be going before the parole board this week, seeking early release.
The online petition, launched by Smith's widow Tishawnna, reads, " Charmi deserves to complete her full twenty (20) year sentence and anything less would be wounding towards the victim's family and friends. It would depreciate the seriousness of the crime" The statement goes on to say, "Charmi had at least three chances to reliquenish the keys to her sister, who was in the car with her but instead she chose to argue with her sister and demanded that she drive. "
Smith, fondly known as "Smitty," was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and overall wonderful person whose life was tragically cut short at 35 because of Retuyan's poor decision.
The petition goes on to state, "His children who were 14yrs and 7yrs at the time of their dad's death, will never have their dad be part of any milestone in their life, never have the opportunity to seek advice or encouragement, and never be able to create long lasting memories of growing up with a dad."
The petition can be found on change.org.
In 2008, the Tumon-Tamuning Police Precinct, where Smith was assigned to, was renamed to the Sergeant Frankie E. Smith Police Precinct in his honor, after public law was signed.