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Warner Robins Woman Sentenced to Life for Husband's Murder

Judge Edward Lukemire sentenced Ebony Passion Smith to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the 2011 murder of her husband, Brian Smith.

Lukemire also sentenced Smith to 5 years for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.  That sentence will be served consecutively with the other.

Ebony Passion Smith was crying several times throughout the proceedings. 

In Houston County Superior Court Wednesday, a jury found Smith guilty on a total of eight charges, including felony murder, possession of a firearm and aggravated battery.

Earlier this week, Smith testified that she intended to kill herself and not her husband.

During the sentencing hearing, members of Brian Smith's family gave statements to the court. Brian Smith's mother's sister read a statement on behalf of Brian Smith's mother to the court. Brian Smith's mother statement to the court was that her heart suffers the deepest wound. 

Veterans High Invites Parents Affected by RAFB Furlough to Lunch

Veterans High Invites Parents Affected by RAFB Furlough to Lunch

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Veterans High School would like to invite Veterans High parents who are also Robins Air Force Base furloughed employees to enjoy a meal for only $3 on Aug. 16, 2014, between 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.  The school will offer a special lunch to include dessert.     

Principal Dr. Lionel Brown commented, “This is one small way that we can show our support for our Robins Air Force Base friends.  We’re all in this together!  Veterans High, in conjunction with our School Nutrition Program, would like to offer our parents this opportunity for a delicious meal at a very affordable price.”

Menu options for Aug. 16 follow.

Women Target Offices to Steal Purses and Wallets

Women posing as clients are allegedly entering offices around Georgia and taking purses and wallets.

According to the Houston County Sheriff's Office, the suspects are immediately making large purchases at businesses like Kay Jewelers and Toys 'R' Us.

They're apparently targeting businesses throughout Georgia, from Atlanta to Valdosta.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office shared these surveillance photos of the women from businesses where they've already stopped.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, you can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers on their anonymous tip line at 478-742-2330.

Warner Robins Dollar General Robbed

War ner Robins police are searching for a man they say robbed Dollar General Friday.

They say a man walked into the North Davis Drive Dollar General, pointed a handgun at the cashier and then left with cash, according to a release.

He's described as thin and about 5-foot-six to 5-foot-seven.

 If you have any information on this case, you can call 478-302-5386.

Warner Robins Dollar General Robbed

A Watson Boulevard Dollar General store was robbed Saturday evening.

In a news release, Warner Robins police said a man wearing a dark-colored hoodie came into the store around 8 p.m., pointed a handgun at a cashier and left with cash.

The robbery happened at 2451 Watson Blvd. That's two blocks away from Carl Vinson Parkway.

Police are searching for a man of about 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-4 and about 120 to 130 pounds.

If you have any information on the case, you can call Detective Meredith Edwards at 478-302-5386.

Houston Teen Gets Life in Sister's Death

A Houston County teen received life in prison today after she admitted killing her sister last year.

Carmen Collins, age 18, pleaded guilty in Houston Superior Court to malice murder and first-degree arson.

She was accused of shooting her 12-year-old sister, India Collins, several times and then setting the family's house on fire on July 3, 2012.

Carmen Collins received a life sentence, with possible parole, on the malice murder charge and a 20-year sentence on the arson charge, to be served at the same time. 

Prosecutor George Hartwig and defense lawyer Nick White both called the case one of the most difficult they've ever handled, because one family lost two daughters.

Before Lukemire sentenced Collins, her mother, Angela, addressed the court.

Jury Selection Starts in Houston Murder Trial

Jury selection is underway in Houston County Superior Court today, as 28-year-old Matthew Jacob Pike and 30-year-old William Allen Slaton face several charges, including malice murder and felony murder.

The two allegedly argued, fought and then killed 25-year-old Justin Klaffka on April 10, 2012.

District Attorney George Hartwig confirmed that a third man, 36-year-old Daniel Lee Slaton struck a deal with his office for a 30-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated battery.

Daniel Lee Slaton is expected to testify that Klaffka told authorities about an armed robbery on April 8, 2012 and after killing the man his body was dumped into the Ocmulgee River.

At the time of the murder investigation, authorities told 13WMAZ that Klaffka's body was discovered April 15, 2012.