(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, October 20th 2023, 7:45 PM EDT)
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (TND) — A man has been sentenced to 240 years in prison after a jury convicted him of two counts of murder, and one count each of attempted murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.
The series of crimes happened a year and a half ago in Floyd County, Ind., just over the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky.
Cherok Douglass was accused of shooting his wife, Brandee Douglass, to death in her car and then shooting a bystander, Lorin Yelle.
After that, he escaped in his wife’s car, police chased him, and he ended up crashing.
But Douglass ran away, into a wooded area and then into a restaurant, which became his second crime scene.
With his gun to a woman’s head, he ordered her to give him her car and when he started driving, he hit her while trying to escape again. This third victim survived after she was treated for broken bones and contusions.
A sheriff’s deputy was luckier. She got to the restaurant’s parking lot and said Douglass accelerated in her direction, and she jumped onto a porch area to avoid being struck.
The deputy was able to fire her weapon and Douglass crashed into a retaining wall.
Finally, officers from three agencies swarmed the area and arrested Douglass.
“Those affected will continue to remember and reflect on the events of April 4, 2022, for the rest of their lives,” Floyd County Prosecutor Chris Lane said.
Douglass, 38, was convicted on Aug. 1 and he got a longer sentence — a sentencing enhancement — as a habitual offender, since he had previous felony convictions.
Floyd Superior Court Judge Carrie Stiller gave Douglass the maximum sentence, reportedly calling his crimes “the worst of the worst.”