CAIRO, GA (WALB) - The mother of the three month old girl who was killed in 2013 says she's relieved to know Marcus Smiley will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
The case began in 2013 when two children in the care of Smiley, on two different occasions, were severely physically abused. This abuse resulted in the death of the three-month old infant and permanent brain injury for a seven-month old baby.
He was found guilty of one count of Malice Murder, one count of Felony Murder, two counts of Cruelty to Children in the First Degree, and two counts of Aggravated Battery.
Thursday the court sentenced him to life in prison without parole.
31-year-old Marcus Smiley shook his head as he awaits his sentencing. In the courtroom, the mother of 3-month-old Mia Williams who was killed in October, and the mother of 7 month old Tyre Mears, who was severely injured several months before.
"He's a serial killer. There's just no other word for it. He's a serial killer," said Joe Mulholland District Attorney.
Mulholland asked Judge Wallace Cato to sentence Smiley to life in prison without parole.
"The fact that he did this to one mother's child and then less than a year later did to another mother's child shows that he's absolutely not remorseful, and he has no rehabilitative qualities whatsoever."
Before the judge made his sentencing, Smiley's cousin Yolanda Wilson asked the court for mercy and to sentence him to life with parole.
"Our family has been going through a lot in regards to this. Marcus will have a place to go once he's been released."
Mia's mother Courtney Williams says she cannot continue to hate Smiley; she must stay strong for her son.
"I can finally let go and be at peace, knowing that her killer is finally being locked away for what he did to her. I am at peace now, and I pray that the Lord has mercy on your soul."
Judge Cato sentenced Smiley to life without parole, and for the two counts of cruelty to children and two counts of aggravated battery, "20 years on each…"
A total of 80 years to serve consecutively after his life term.