OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man charged with killing his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter has made a deal to avoid the death penalty.
Twenty-four-year-old Dontevous (dahn-TAYE’-vuhs) Loyd pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts. Prosecutors dropped plans to seek the death penalty in exchange for Loyd’s pleas. Under state law he’ll be imprisoned for life. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15.
Police say Destacia Straughn, who had dated Loyd on and off, told police on Dec. 6 last year that she was afraid of Loyd, and officers removed him from her apartment. Police say later that night Loyd kicked in Straughn’s apartment door and began shooting, killing Straughn and her daughter, Kenacia. Three other women visiting were wounded.