CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Elisa Baker walked into court on Thursday with a cast on one of her legs and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to sell drugs in Catawba and Caldwell counties.
Prosecutors then agreed to drop six other charges.
Lawyers for Baker filed documents in federal court ahead of Thursday's hearing that indicates she's worked out a deal with prosecutors.
Baker was charged with distributing painkillers including oxycodone and anti-anxiety drugs in Catawba and Caldwell counties over four years.
Elisa Baker was sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for the murder of her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra Baker.
Adam Baker pleads guilty
Zahra's father, Adam Baker, also pleaded guilty to identity theft on Thursday. His charge was dropped from a felon to misdemeanor.
He was sentenced to 18 months unsupervised probation and has to pay back $350 restitution.
Adam Baker is also due in Caldwell County court today for charges on failure to return rental property, communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and trying to pass worthless checks.
All these charges misdemeanors.
Prosecutors say he used a family member's name at his Hickory home to get the electricity in August 2010.