— A Shreveport family doctor’s 17-year-old daughter pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary homicide in the death of a mother she allegedly shot during an argument.
The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office announced that Elizabeth L. Nesmith, 29, of Shreveports, pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter for the death in January 2016.
The plea is effective July 1.
She was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison.
Nesmith has been in custody since the incident, according to the Louisiana Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
On Jan. 2, 2016, Nessmith was at the home of her mother, who was suffering from severe dementia, when she confronted her about a dispute over money.
The daughter told the mother that she wanted to make sure she paid her bills, and that she was going to “shoot her in the head” if she did not pay, according a criminal complaint.
The mother, a resident of the home, told Nescraft that she had to shoot her in order to get her money.
Nessmith reportedly fired her weapon, striking the mother in the right eye.
She then left the home to go to the store.
At the time of the shooting, the mother was sitting in the passenger seat of Nessey’s vehicle, which was parked in front of the mother’s home.
Neshmith allegedly got out of her vehicle and walked up to the vehicle and shot the mother several times.
At the scene, police found the mother unconscious in the back seat of the vehicle, with blood on her clothing and her left arm.
She was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time later.
Nelsmith was charged with first-degree murder, first-offense aggravated battery, and involuntary manslaughter.