Smith Plea: Gadsden County

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

3-21-07

It's been nearly three years since Willie Sentile Smith was arrested for the shocking murders of his girlfriend and her family.

Willie Sentile Smith has opted not to go to trial for the murders but instead entered a guilty plea this afternoon and was sentenced to life in prison.

Willie Sentile Smith is opting to forego a jury trial in a quadruple murder case in Gadsden County.

In April of 2004, Smith was angry over a break up with his girlfriend, 19-year-old Kimberly Walker.

Deputies say Smith went over to Walker's house and started firing, killing Walker, her mother, 35-year-old Deondra Scott, her 14-year-old sister Laterica Jackson, and her nine-year-old cousin Terrell Brown.

After entering his plea, Smith offered the victim's family an apology.

Willie Smith said, “I just want to tell the family I’m sorry."

Smith's apology did not sit well with family who says he cheated the judicial system by pretending to be mentally ill.

James Walker said, "I think Mr. Smith deserves what he did to the four people; we wanted him to have the death penalty.

Glenda Pace said, "It was brutal. She treated him like part of the family, but it was not fair.”

Desmonda White added, "My wish for Willie Smith is for him to receive the same punishment he gave my sister, my nieces and my nephew."

Smith was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The judge says Smith is mentally challenged and Florida statutes would not allow him to offer the death sentence in this case.


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