Skeptic News: Woman pleads guilty in polygamist sect murders

jadonFrom: 7 News Denver

A member of a polygamist cult is pleading guilty to her role in the North Carolina shooting deaths of a 4-year-old boy who offended the group’s leader and a woman who sought to leave.

LaRhonda Renee Smith pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit murder in the 2010 slayings of 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy and 4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan.

Smith was sentenced to between 23 and 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal where she agreed to cooperate with authorities and to testify in the murder cases.

Prosecutors said Smith and two other women were followers of Pete Moses, who led a black supremacist group called the Black Hebrews. The adults and their children lived together in North Carolina and later in Teller County, Colorado.

Moses shot Jadon in the head after the boy slapped another boy in the behind — a gesture that Moses thought indicated Jadon was gay, prosecutors said.

This is the latest update to this case to appear in the mainstream media since the cult leader pled guilty in June of last year.

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