Yolinda Hunter Doss, the widow of a slain Navy commander accused by police of masterminding her husband’s murder to collect insurance money, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Doss faced manslaughter and burglary charges in connection with the February 2014 murder of her husband, Cmdr. Alphonso Mortimer Doss. The 44-year-old was found strangled in an Orange Park motel room.
Circuit Judge John Skinner dismissed the burglary count last month after ruling evidence did not support the charge. As the person who paid for the motel room, Yolinda Doss was allowed access.
The victim’s father, Tom Allen, had mixed emotions about the news when reached by phone Thursday.
“I’m glad my son is getting some justice,” he said. “I’m also feeling very sorry for my granddaughter. … She lost her father tragically and now she has lost her mother. My feelings and thoughts are with her.”
Her conviction comes after another defendant, Anthony Delane Washington, received a life sentence in November after he was found guilty in September of first-degree murder.
A third defendant, Ronnie Wilson II, has yet to stand trial in the case.
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