Man accused of gunning down ex-girlfriend in 2015 sentenced to life in prison

Updated: Aug. 2, 2019 at 11:13 AM EDT
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PHENIX CITY Ala. (WTVM) -The Phenix City man who police say fatally shot his ex-girlfriend 4 years ago has now been sentenced to life behind bars.

On Friday, the suspect, Demetrius Dorsey, was ordered to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The district attorney was originally seeking the death penalty.

Last month, Dorsey took a deal and pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Mariah Farrow. Farrow, a CSU freshman at the time of her murder, was gunned down on 16th Street in Phenix City in 2015.

Emotions were intense inside the Russell County courtroom as Farrow’s family left unsatisfied. Russell County District Attorney Kenneth Davis said there could have been a different outcome if three eyes witnesses would have cooperated with the court.

"If they had been here and had been voluntarily cooperating witnesses, we'd be at trial right now for the death penalty in this case," said Davis.

Family members said they wanted the death penalty in the case. Farrows mother said the sentence was the second hardest day of her life, behind the day she buried her daughter.

19-year-old Mariah Farrow
19-year-old Mariah Farrow


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