Killer of Sweetheart Marie Failautusi Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Prison


Anthony H. Smith was sentenced Friday (April 13) to over 15 years in prison for the August 2011 shooting death of Sweetheart Marie Failautusi in White Center.

Smith, 26, pleaded guilty in February to Murder Second Degree (read our previous coverage here). He admitted to shooting at a group of people including Failautusi after getting into a verbal dispute.

The sentence range was 134 to 234 months, and Prosecutors recommended 184 months.

Police say that early in the morning of Aug. 16, Failautusi and three other women were waiting at a bus stop near SW Roxbury Street and 15th Ave SW when Smith and two other men approached. Initially asking for a cigarette, an argument followed that turned into a brawl after Failautusi tried to punch Smith. A gun fell out of Smith’s waistband, but was recovered by one of his accomplices. The three men then fled.

“I’ll be right back,” Smith said to Failautusi, according to detectives. “It’s not over.”

Deputies responding to the scene spoke with Failautusi and another woman, then left. Some 30 minutes later, Smith and the other two men returned, and Smith ended up shooting Failautusi dead.

Smith faces a sentence range of 11 to nearly 20 years in prison when he is sentenced March 23rd. Prosecutors and defense counsel will make an agreed recommendation of 15 years in prison.

Here’s surveillance video that we originally posted on Aug. 17:

And here are some video tributes to Failautusi:


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