55 Nov 21
for by old endeavors of Miss Barnelt Sentenced t Life in Prison Pleads Guilty in Miami Circuit Court to One Indictment Charging She Killed Baby in 1954 PERU -- Miss Flora Barnett, was given a life sentence at the Women's Prison in Indianapolis this morning during her arraignment in Miami circuit court. She pleaded guilty before Judge Henry S. Bailey specifically to indictment charging her with strangling baby Arthur, in July 1954. Two other indictments charging her with killing baby Ray, born in 1951, and Walter, born 1953, were .dismissed. Miss Barnett was placed on stand and represented by Attorney Russell J. Wildman, who said had been employed by some of friends and that he had conveyed to the defendant her constitutional rights. Admits Signing Confession Voluntarily The defendant was asked by Judge Bailey if she "figured she was possessed of average intelligence." She answered, "I so." Miss Barnett, after the Judged asked if she understood that she was in court charged with first- degree murder and questioned if she was entering a plea'of because she was afraid or she had been threatened, admitted that she had made and signed statement. ', She said that to tbÂ«-best Â»' knowledge the statemfy^.pM\jfue and was not made under 'any of'coercion. - ,, _ ..Â·:"'. Miss Barnett"said, "They (the "officers) were very nice to me." Judge Bailey told the defendant that under the sentence she be eligible for parole "in the future." He mentioned no specific time. Her uncle, Ray Warren, 35, is charged with sodomy, Is free under a $1000 bond. Conviction that charge carries a 2-14 year sentence. No date has been set arraignment.