Baker woman pleads to manslaughter in 2012 shooting of girlfriend

A Baker woman about to stand trial in the 2012 murder of her girlfriend agreed to a plea deal Monday and was sentenced to 23 years in prison, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said.

Kolande Williams, 40, had been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Kimberly Stewart, 31, on Jan. 14, 2012, at Williams’ Buffwood Estates home, but pleaded to manslaughter, Moore said.

A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

“They (Stewart’s family) wanted some closure, they wanted it over with, so based on their request, we agreed to manslaughter and 23 years,” Moore said. “We felt we had a decent case and were prepared to go forward.”

Williams, 38, called Baker police at 11:44 a.m. and said her girlfriend of 14 years was at Williams’ home when she returned from the store but was not supposed to be there, Baker police have said.

Williams told the 911 operator that Stewart would not leave after being told to get out of the house and when Stewart began walking toward her, Williams shot her.

After being questioned by investigators, Williams admitted she had a “bad argument’’ with Stewart and shot her several times, police have said.