Comments Off on Second defendant in Canyon Lake Methamphetamine house torture case,Trace R. Smith, 29, gets 42 years; Smith’s ex-girlfriend, Kayla Lardieri, 18, received 30 years

Trace Roger SmithA Canyon Lake man was sentenced Monday to 42 years in prison for his role in the 2013 abduction and torture of a woman at a drug house there, an incident that sparked charges against five people.

The victim, herself a methamphetamine user, has said three female acquaintances cut her with knives, tased her, burned her with cigarettes and beat her as two male suspects at the home sat by. She was shackled and put in a shed, from which she escaped.

Prosecutor Chari Kelly said she asked jurors to give Trace R. Smith, 29, life in prison for his convictions at trial Friday on charges of attempted capital murder, kidnapping, robbery and evidence tampering.

After deliberating about two hours, jurors sentenced Smith to 42 years each on the attempted murder and kidnapping charges, 10 years on the robbery charge and five years for evidence-tampering, to be served concurrently, Kelly said.

Kayla Jean LardieriMichael Edward Chapin

Smith’s ex-girlfriend, Kayla Lardieri, 18, was the first in the case to be tried and was convicted last month on the same charges, receiving a 30-year sentence.








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