Former Police Officer Gets Life Sentence for Deaths of His Mistress, Infant

A former D.C. police officer  was sentenced to life plus 20 years, without the possibility of parole, for murdering his mistress and their infant daughter.

Richmond Phillips was convicted on two counts of first degree murder in January..

Richmond Phillips killed Wynetta Wright because he was facing a paternity lawsuit and didn't want to pay child support for a baby girl he fathered out of wedlock, Prince George's County prosecutors said.

Phillips was also convicted of other counts, including possession of a handgun and child abuse.

At the sentencing, Prince George's state's attorney, called Phillips an "evil man" and a "disgrace to the uniform."

Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after police located the bodies of 20-year-old Wright and her daughter, Jaylin, in a park outside Washington. Prosecutors said Phillips shot Wright and then drove the child - still strapped in the car seat of her mother's car with the doors closed and the windows up - a short distance away, where he left her to die.

A heat advisory was in effect, and temperatures inside the car reached 125 degrees, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

"My daughter didn't have a chance, but my grandbaby could have been saved," said Wright's mother after the conviction.

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