Smith makes deal with DA, pleads guilty to infant’s death, sentencing hearing set for October

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Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith

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State of Louisiana
Billy Joe Harrington, District Attorney
Cliff Strider, Special Prosecutor

Defense
Elliott Brown, Defense Attorney
Christine Lehmann, Defense Attorney
Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith, Defendant


Accused murderer Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith pleaded guilty to the burning death of 6-month old Levi Ellerbe on July 21 at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse. There were lengthy negotiations between Smith’s lawyers and District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington until a “case termination agreement” was reached.

In August of 2018, Smith was indicted on the charge of first degree murder of the child which carries a life-without-parole sentence if convicted. At the hearing, the prosecution announced that the State and Smith reached a plea agreement.  In a new Bill of Information, the State amended the charge from first degree murder clearing the way for  Smith to plead guilty to three reduced charges: Manslaughter, maximum sentence of 40 years; Criminal Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, maximum sentence of 30 years; and Cruelty to Juveniles, maximum sentence of 10 years. These will be served consecutively and without probation or suspension of sentence for a total of 80 uninterrupted years at hard labor.

This deal is conditional upon Smith’s testimony and her cooperation in the case against her co-defendant, the child’s mother. Hannah Barker’s trial begins Sept. 27.

Smith admitted her guilt and agreed with the State’s claim that Hannah Barker “recruited and manipulated” her.  Official sentencing hearing and victim impact statements are scheduled for October 27, 2021.

Trial date set for Felicia Smith in the death of baby Levi

Trial date set for tragic baby burning case: Smith pleads not guilty

Amended bill of indictment brings Hannah Barker up on additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder

Jury for Hannah Barker trial will come from St. Landry Parish


7 thoughts on “Smith makes deal with DA, pleads guilty to infant’s death, sentencing hearing set for October

  1. NATCHITOCHES IS SO BACKWARDS! THERE ARE MURDERERS BEING RELEASED AFTER SERVING 2 OR 3 YEARS AND THEY GIVE THIS LADY 80 YEARS! YES IT WAS A HORRIBLE CRIME, BUT IT STATES SHE WAS MANIPULATED WHICH MEANS SHE CLEARLY CAN’T THINK FOR HERSELF.. 80 YEARS IS TOO HARSH FOR SOMEONE WHO ISN’T IN THEIR RIGHT MIND.

    • Yep they are getting without doing any real time,so best you might do is move there! SHE BURNED A BABY ALIVE! I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU THINK SHE DESERVES,BUT IT’S NOT HOSPITAL TIME AND DOCTORS TO TALK TOO!

  2. Note the provision for no “suspension of sentence.” That means no good-time early release, etc. She will do her 80 years, almost certainly. I covered criminal courts for the New Orleans Times-Picayune for 40 years and that provision means the court does not want the defendant to get out early.

  3. She will serve half that and get out because of “good time” laws in Louisiana. The sentence will be remitted or commuted and she will be back on the street in her 60’s, if she stays in that long. Just like another child murderer in Natchitoches’ history. Sentenced to 40 years hard labor – ended up serving 24 at the softest correctional center in the state. He lives right next door to small daycare now. A horrible injustice.

  4. Will she be eligible for parole or good time? Parole is very different from probation. In Louisiana, you are eligible for parole after one third of your sentence is served and good time is a day for a day, meaning one could only serve half their sentence (40 years). An example of this is Phillip DeSelle, who was released on good time (less than half of his sentence – 24 years) for the murder of 11 year old Averie Evans. He was convicted of manslaughter and was given maximum sentence of 40 years, plus another 10 years for aggravated kidnapping (total 50 year sentence). He is now on parole until 2040. A day for a day has since been eliminated for violent offenders but she can now be released after serving 85 percent of her sentence (64 years). First degree murder guarantees a life sentence with the possibility of death penalty. Life means life in Louisiana – no shortened sentence.

  5. 80 years consecutive is justice because nothing can undo that horrific day the world witnessed pure evil in Natchitoches LA. Little Levi suffered for two humans inhumane actions because they couldn’t live life on life terms. God have mercy on them and us.

  6. Just watch, the First Degree Murder case against Barker will be plea dealt to a lesser charge as well. So much for justice.

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