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Woman Gets 5 Years for Panhandler Killing Cover Story | U.S. News®

BALTIMORE (AP) — A girl who helped her father cowl up his spouse’s 2018 homicide with a story of a knife-wielding panhandler has been sentenced to 5 years in jail.

Valeria Smith was sentenced Monday, two years after pleading responsible to appearing as an adjunct after the slaying of Jacquelyn Smith, admitting that she ditched her stepmother’s purse at a bus cease to help the panhandler story, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Keith Smith informed police his spouse, an engineer at an Army facility, was knifed by a person after handing $10 to a feminine panhandler who seemed to be holding a child. Smith’s model of his spouse’s slaying drew nationwide consideration, as he and his daughter, gave tearful interviews. Oprah Winfrey, as soon as a newscaster in Baltimore, tweeted that the tragic case would make her rethink handing out money to panhandlers.

Eventually the story fell aside as particulars in Smith’s story modified and investigators reviewed surveillance digicam footage alongside the Smiths’ supposed route that evening and did not see their automobile or the panhandlers, prosecutors stated.

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Valeria Smith testified final week at her father’s trial that her stepmother was dozing within the entrance passenger seat when her father stabbed her. Afterward, Keith Smith coached his daughter on what they might inform police.

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Keith Smith was convicted Thursday of first-degree homicide and faces life in jail at sentencing on Feb. 28.

Valeria Smith had been locked up almost three years whereas awaiting her sentence.

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