Man sentenced for second time in wife’s murder


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It has been three years since Doris Wellington was killed by her husband, Daniel, and on Wednesday, he was sentenced a second time for the crime.

Doris Wellington was found dead in her Knapp Avenue home after her husband Daniel Wellington said they got into an argument and she hit her head. Later, the Youngstown man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after the coroner said she had been strangled to death.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced a second time for the 2011 crime. This time, a year was taken off his original 11-year sentence.

The victim’s daughter said that is not fair to her mother.

“I don’t think there was no justice here at all whatsoever. Because 10 years? People is getting executed for the smallest things and he killed my mother with his hands. And he will still get out on probation. That’s crazy,” Kerisha Ann Wallace said.

Wellington appealed his original sentence of 11 years and won. The appellate court said he had been sentenced Ex Post Facto, meaning new laws were applied retroactively to his case.

Sentencing guidelines changed just weeks after he committed the crime in 2011. At that time, the judge used the new guidelines to set his punishment.

His attorney had asked for probation.

“They are always bringing up he never had a criminal background. Murder, that is the top of the line. Anything after that shouldn’t even matter. I don’t even understand the whole system. I am so hurt. But there is not much we can really do about it,” Wallace said.

Wellington said he will appeal again.

Judge Maureen Sweeney was the judge who handed down the original sentence and she also re-sentenced him Wednesday.

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