Alabama Department of Corrections recapture suspect convicted of murdering Selma teenager

Published 12:02 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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The Alabama Department of Corrections announced they have re-captured a man convicted of killing a Selma teenager in 2007.

The ADOC said that  Jeffery Strugg, 31, was captured Monday, 24 hours after he escaped from Mobile Community Based Facility.

Strugg pleaded guilty in 2009 to the shooting death of 15-year-old Dewone Smiley, then a freshman at Selma High School on December 22, 2007. Strugg was sentenced to 29 years in prison but assigned to work release.

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“He clearly should not have been at a low-risk facility with as much time as he still had to do,’’ Jackson said Monday. “This gunslinger should have still been in a regular prison with other murderers. Murderers should be in a regular prison. Somebody at the Department of Corrections dropped the ball.”