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Elisa Baker pleads guilty to murder

Sep 15, 2011 1:31:00 PM - thestate.com
Elisa Baker entered a guilty plea Thursday morning to second-degree murder and other charges related to the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra Baker nearly a year ago.

Baker, 43, entered the pleas following an agreement reached between her attorney, Scott Reilly, and District Attorney Jay Gaither.

According to the agreement announced in court Thursday morning, Baker will face between 15 to 18 years in prison.

A sentencing hearing began after the plea agreement was announced, with prosecutors calling a number of police witnesses.

In addition to the murder charge, Baker also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, for writing a fake ransom note on the day when she and husband Adam Baker called police to report their daughter missing. The guilty plea also included charges of bigamy, identity fraud, and obtaining property by false pretenses.

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