Leavenworth woman sentenced in mother's beating death
July 23, 2017
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Leavenworth woman has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for beating her mother to death.
Sixty-year-old Victoria Smith was sentenced Friday for intentional second-degree murder in the July 2016 death of Anna Maria Higgins.
The Leavenworth Times reports (http://bit.ly/2gSWZmU ) prosecutors say Smith hit Higgins several times with a flashlight and a three-pound mallet at a home where Smith lived.
Friday's hearing began with District Judge Gunnar Sundby denying a defense motion to allow Smith to withdraw her no contest plea.
Family members said before sen...