For double tragic murders, subject receives 240 years in prison

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A man convicted of fatally shooting his wife and a bystander and wounding a third person at a southern Indiana gas station last year was sentenced Wednesday to 240 years in prison.

A jury found Cherok Ameer Douglass , of New Albany, guilty in August of two counts of murder and one count each of attempted murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Prosecutors said Douglass killed Brandee Kay Douglass, 38, and Lorin M. Yelle, 43, of Louisville, Kentucky, in April 2022. Police chased him to a nearby restaurant where he took the owner, Winnie Wen , as a hostage. She was injured when she fell from her vehicle.

Investigators did not believe there was any connection between Yelle and Cherok or Brandee Douglass. They said Yelle was a customer at the gas station and they shot her as she walked toward her vehicle.

Floyd Superior Court Judge Carrie Stiller gave Douglass the maximum sentence, calling his crimes “the worst of the worst.”

Douglass apologized to his victims' families but said he planned to appeal the jury's verdict.

Court documents show Douglass was under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine on the day of his arrest.

"I still don't remember what happened that night," Douglass said during the sentencing hearing.

Defense lawyers asked for the minimum sentence of 131 years.

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