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Elisa Baker Sentenced – Up To 18 Years

09/16/2011

Charged with murdering her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter, Elisa Baker entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder, with aggravating factors that include desecrating the body of Zahra Baker.

Baker also entered a guilty plea to obstruction of justice in the case, and unrelated to Zahra’s death, she pleaded guilty to obtaining property by false pretenses and financial identity fraud.

The prosecution agreed to the reduced charge of second-degree murder after Baker revealed where parts of Zahra’s body could be found.

Zahra’s arm-bone, prosthetic leg, torso and pelvic area were found, but her head, hands, and parts of her arms and legs were never recovered.  A saw, which police believe was used to dismember Zahra, was also found.

Also, Baker revealed she found Zahra unresponsive in her room on September 24, 2010, the day she died.

Baker was sentenced to a maximum of 18 years in prison. Without the plea deal she would have faced the possibility of 30 years behind bars.

Emily Dietrich, Zahra’s mother, traveled from Australia to attend the hearing.  Adam Baker was also present.

“Her life was taken by an evil selfishness that none of us will ever understand or comprehend. My only hope now is she is in a place where she never feels pain… in a place where she can feel my love,” said Emily Dietrich.

“There are no words to describe the hate I have for you or the hurt and the pain I feel every day for the loss of Zahra…Zahra will never get to go to high school, never have a real boyfriend, never get married and never have children,” said Adam Baker.

Both Dietrich and Baker begged Elisa Baker to reveal where the rest of Zahra’s remains are located.  They intend to take Zahra back to her native Australia for burial.

Elisa Baker still faces serious federal drug charges:

1. Conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in Caldwell and Catawba counties from 2006 until 2010. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison a $1 million fine or both.

2. Distribution and possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone (a Schedule II controlled substance) in Caldwell and Catawba counties from May 2006 until Oct. 2010. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both.

3.  Distribution and possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone (a Schedule III controlled substance) in Caldwell and Catawba counties from May 2006 until Oct. 2010. Maximum penalty: 10 years in prison, a $500,000 million fine or both.

4. Distribution and possession with intent to distribute Alprazolam (a Schedule IV controlled substance) in Caldwell and Catawba counties from May 2006 until Oct. 2010. Maximum penalty: 5 years in prison, a $200,000 million fine or both.

5. Using and maintaining a place for the distribution of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in Caldwell County from 6 Congress St. Apt. 1, Granite Falls from July 24, 2009 until Nov. 9, 2009. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, a $500,000 million fine or both.

6. Using and maintaining a place for the distribution of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in Caldwell County from 4010 Phillip Lane, Hudson from Nov. 13, 2009 until April 8, 2010. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, a $500,000 million fine or both.

7. Using and maintaining a place for the distribution of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in Caldwell County from 21 21st Ave., NE, Hickory from July 2010 until Oct. 2010. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, a $500,000 million fine or both.

She is looking at a maximum penalty of 115 years in prison and a $4.2 million fine if convicted on all counts.

Sources:

CBS

WSOC

Triad News

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  1. Barb2
    09/16/2011 at 9:53 am

    This truly evil female, Elisa Baker, needs to be imprisoned for the rest of her natural life, in general population, of course. Again, CPS let down her abused children and Zahra. I hope they bring on the 2010 charges soon.

  2. Jo
    09/16/2011 at 1:32 pm

    Every time I see that adorable freckled face, it brings tears to my eyes. To think she would get more time in jail for the drug charges than for the murder of this child. Just breaks my heart. I can hope the general jail population does not like her for what she did to Zahra.

  3. donchais
    09/16/2011 at 2:06 pm

    I think or wish to believe, after the outrageous Casey Anthony debacle, many prosecutors around the country, want to optimize punishment for perps of the most heinous of crimes. The federal punishment that awaits Baker will, hopefully, put her away for life…something that is fitting for what was done to young Zahra. Prosecutors knew the strength and weakness of their case and may just have made the proper decision to let the dice roll…but then, I’m an optimist that we as a society will finally begin to protect and save the young, innocent, and most vulnerable!

  4. cecelia
    09/16/2011 at 4:20 pm

    Well lets all pray she goes down like the pillbilly cummings crew has on the drug charges. she will never see daylight outside those walls again. imo some other female will kill her for what she did to Zahra

  5. ritanita
    09/17/2011 at 3:30 pm

    I’m disappointed that she did not get more time for the murder charges. As with the others, I hope the Federal Government will come down on her hard for the drug charges. I do not want to hear the word “concurrent” very much at all. Also, I would not want to see her serve time concurrently with the murder sentence. They should be consecutive.

  6. donchais
    09/17/2011 at 3:59 pm

    I couldn’t agree more ritanita and hope this was the intention all along!

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