An Alabama woman will spend time behind bars for killing her accused rapist – despite arguing that she acted in self-defence.
Brittany Smith, 32, entered a plea deal on Friday in the murder of Todd Smith, a friend who she claims strangled and raped her in January 2018 at her home in Stevenson, the New York Post reported.
Under the deal, Brittany received a 20-year sentence – comprised of 18 months in county jail, 18 months of house arrest, and 18.5 years of probation, the outlet reported. She’ll also receive credit for time served while awaiting trial.
“My baby girl doesn’t deserve this,” her mother, Ramona McCallie, told the outlet.
Brittany claimed that hours after the rape, her brother came over to confront Todd and the two men fought.
She said that she shot Todd as he held her brother in a headlock and threatened to kill them both.
Brittany, a mother of four, argued that she should be immune from prosecution under the state’s Stand Your Ground law, but the courts ruled against her, the outlet reported.
Her case was set to go to trial next month, and she could’ve faced up to life in prison if convicted.
“In any case, you’ve got to weigh what you know and can control with what you can’t,” her lawyer Ron Smith told the outlet. “We have no control over a jury or a judge that would sentence her.”
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission