A Franklin County woman was sentenced this week to 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the murder of her boyfriend more than two years ago.
Glenda J. Smith, 60, entered guilty pleas Monday to voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action under a plea bargain agreement reached with the prosecuting attorney’s office. Smith orginally was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Wayne Dielschneider, 57, Lonedell
Dielschneider was shot once in the chest with a .357 magnum pistol during a domestic dispute July 27, 2011, at the home the couple shared in 2000 block of Highway 47 near Project Road in southeast Franklin County.
Under terms of the plea agreement, Smith was sentenced to 14 years on the voluntary manslaughter charge and three years on the armed criminal action charge. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said during Monday’s hearing, Smith waived a sentencing assessment report (SAR) and was formally sentenced by Circuit Judge Gael Wood.
Smith is expected to be given credit for time already served in the Franklin County Jail where she has been held on a $250,000 cash-only bond since the shooting.
During the initial investigation following she shooting, Smith confessed that she shot and killed Dielschneider, according to the probable cause statement.
Smith said she became upset after another woman had called Dielschneider and that the two had a verbal argument. At one point in the argument Smith said she went into her bedroom, got her handgun, came back into the kitchen and shot Dielschneider, according to the court statement.
She reportedly said she only intended to scare Dielschneider.
Smith’s trial in the murder case had been scheduled for Nov. 19 and 20.
She agreed to the plea bargain at a meeting with prosecutors last week.