zahra2.jpgElisa Baker made headline news last week when she stood before a judge and pleaded guilty to second degree murder of her stepdaughter, Zahra Baker, the 10 year old Australian girl that was killed and then her body was dismembered and the parts were scattered in different areas. Elisa led police to where they could find body parts which led to her being giving a plea deal in the case. Baker also pleaded guilty to the obstruction of justice charge after she admitted to writing a fake ransom note after Zahra was reported missing.

After her plea was made Elisa Baker was sentenced to 18 and a half years in prison Now Elisa Baker has been moved to the Mecklenburg County Jail to start serving her sentence. She will remain there until she has to appear in Federal court on November 7th. She will be facing seven federal drug charges. If found guilty Elisa could face fines up to $4.75 million and 140 years in prison.

The list of charges as published by the hickoryrecord.com is as follows:

–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.

–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.

–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.

–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.

–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.

–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.

–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.

elisa-baker-mugshot.jpgOdd as it may be, she might very well be sentenced to more time in prison for the drug charges than for the second degree murder charge if she is found guilty. So even though she managed the plea bargain for the second degree murder, hopefully she will remain behind bars for the rest of her life after the Federal Courts get done with her. I for one will be anxious to hear about the results in that case.

Zahra was a precious little girl and Elisa Baker had pleaded guilty to taking this child’s life. I say Elisa should never be set free. She should be behind bars for the rest of her life. Zahra is with God now and she will not be suffering from any more pain. She is being well taken care of and I thank God for that.

May Zahra rest in peace!

Jan Barrett

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