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Published On: Tue, Feb 3rd, 2015

Nichole Millsaps murder: Michigan man, Simon Smith, sentenced for meth lab, weapons charge

A former Michigan man, linked the cold case murder of Nichole Millsaps, has been sentenced to two years in prison for running a meth lab and a weapons charge.

Simon Douglas Smith, 35, pleaded guilty in Federal court to  “One Pot” methamphetamine manufacture and firearms charges for incidences that ended in 2010. Smith is still facing state murder charges in the Millsaps case.

Nichiole Millsaps

Nichiole Millsaps

Smith was scheduled to be sentenced one year ago, on February 7th, 2014, but asked for a postponement. The very next day, February 8th, Millsaps remains were found near Indian at a location that Millsaps and Smith were known to have been camping in May of 2010. Autopsy fopund that Millsaps had been shot once in the right rear of the head. A .32 derringer was found buried at the base of a tree approximately 30 feet from where Millsaps’ skull was found by a hiker.

Smith was charged with her murder in state court on March 20th of 2014. During his time in jail awaiting trial on the federal charges, Smith allegedly gave details of Millsaps murder to a confidential informant placed in his cell for that purpose.

At his sentencing, United States District Court Judge Timothy Burgess described Smith as the “Johnny Appleseed” of “one pot” meth production, pointing out that Smith not only cooked meth himself but taught others the method, even while he was incarcerated awaiting trial.

According to prosecutors, Smith would use other people to steal or buy cold medicine for him to avoid purchase limits and reporting requirements.

Judge Burgess commented that Smith “blazed a trail filled with misery, tragedy, and ruin.”

According to documents, even though the judge described Smith as “extremely dangerous,” and stated that the public needed long-term protection from him, Burgess declined to consider the murder of Millsaps when sentencing Smith.

Smith is scheduled to go to trial for the murder of Millsaps in late April.

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