Pingree woman sentenced to life in prison for Pocatello man’s murder

Melonie Smith

Melonie Smith

By Journal Staff

BLACKFOOT — A Pingree woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for fatally shooting a Pocatello man last February.

Melonie D. Smith, who was convicted in October of first-degree murder and destroying, altering or concealing evidence, both felonies, was sentenced for the crimes this week.

Judge Darren B. Simpson sentenced Smith to life in prison without parole for murder and at least four years in prison for destroying, altering or concealing evidence, according to Bingham County District Court records. She will also have to pay some fines.

Smith was convicted of fatally shooting David Lee Davis, 30, with a high-powered rifle at her Pingree home. Authorities have said she also used her wood-burning stove to try and dispose of some of the victim’s body.