Woman suspected in elderly slayings accepts plea deal on fraud charges


DAYTONA, Fla. - The prime suspect in two South Daytona homicides will spend the next 15 years in prison on fraud charges.

Kim Smith struck a plea deal on Monday on fraud charges related to two elderly victims, Goldie Robinson and Arthur Sheldon.

Smith is suspected in their deaths, but has never been charged.

Police are still trying find out how Robinson and Sheldon were killed.

Smith didn't show any emotion while the families of her victims spoke to her in court. Still, the words carried in the quiet courtroom full of those who loved Robinson and Sheldon.

"May God have no mercy on you and may you spend eternal life in hell," said one family member.

For much of 2010 police said Smith pretended to be a caregiver and stole from both Robinson and Sheldon. When they disappeared, she made up stories, like saying Robinson met a man and moved away, according to investigators.

But police discovered the remains of both victims in 2010 behind Smith's mobile home, a home they say she bought with stolen cash.

Both Robinson and Sheldon were buried in shallow graves, and the medical examiner didn't determine how they were killed.

Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of exploitation of the elderly and more than 30 counts of credit card fraud. She'll serve 15 years behind bars and 10 years' probation.

One of the victim's family members said they didn't think that anybody would ever find out unless Kimberly or somebody from her family talks.

Police have not charged Smith with murder, but the case is still open and active.

Smith's daughter in-law will serve probation for using the elderly victims' personal information and credit cards.

Earlier this month, Chrystal Smith was sentenced to three years as part of a plea deal.

Smith's aunt told WFTV she doesn't believe Chrystal Smith knows anything about the victim's death.