Joshua Jerome Woodland, 31, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 29 years by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese.
It is reported that the sentence came after Woodland pleaded guilty to purposefully causing the death of Carol Jeane Barnett with a firearm specification and to involuntary manslaughter for the death of her unborn baby.
The firearm specification carries a three-year prison sentence, to be served first. Woodland will begin serving his 15-years-to-life sentence for killing Barnett, followed by an 11-year sentence for causing the baby’s death. Buzzese said both sentences are mandatory.
Woodland has already spent 532 days behind bars, which will count toward his sentence.
Woodland told police officials that he believed the victim had laced his marijuana with something that caused him to shoot her with a 9-millimeter Smith & Wesson. It is reported that a 2-year-old child was in the vehicle with them at the time of the shooting.
Prosecutor Jane Hanlin told the court that Woodland’s blood test showed he was two times over the legal limit of alcohol intoxication and had THC in his system. Still, neither of those is a defense for murder and involuntary manslaughter.
Steven Stickles, Woodland’s court-appointed attorney, told the court that Woodland had taken responsibility for his actions and showed great remorse.
Woodland had the right to have his second count reviewed and possibly revised by a grand jury because, according to Woodland, he did not know she was pregnant. But he waived that right, stating he just wanted to move forward with his sentencing.