UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A Prince George's County man found guilty for the killing of his 2-year-old daughter and the girl's mother in a dispute over child support has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors said Boswell-Johnson was waiting outside of Davis' Fort Washington home when he approached her placing their daughter into a car child seat. During the dispute, Boswell-Johnson shot and killed both the mother and child.
Boswell-Johnson had been ordered by the court to pay $600 a month to Davis after a paternity test determined Boswell-Johnson was the 2-year-old's biological father, police said.
He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony in April.
"The conduct that we sentenced today really did represent sheer evil," said Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. "The defendant in this case stood in court today after having executed a 26-year-old woman and putting a gun to the head of a 2-year-old and shooting not once, but twice, and stood today in front of this family without any remorse, without a single apology, without acknowledging what happened and maintaining the same demeanor that he has had throughout this complete case."
According to Alsobrooks, the judge who sentenced Boswell-Johnson on Thursday said in court that he had not seen a case like this one in all of his years.
"The most aggravating factor in this case was that we are convinced that the true target of this murder was the 2-year-old," Alsobrooks said. "It was not her mother. This defendant simply did not want to pay child support. He conducted several internet searches and those searches said very simply how to terminate child support.
"He did that for a while and then he received a wage garnishment in the mail indicating that his wages would be garnished, and so he knew from that point that there was no way to terminate the child support. So he changed the plan and the plan became to kill. He went to that home and he shot the mother in her side. But placing a gun within six inches of the temple of a 2-year-old baby meant that was who the target was, and so the most aggravating factor of this is that his true target was a 2-year-old baby. That is why we believe life without parole was the proper sentence in this case."
Davis' family said they are pleased with the sentence, but the deaths of NeShante and Chloe will continue to resonate with them.
"It's not closure to us," said Neshanna Turner, Davis' sister. "This will never close. It will never end. This is something that we will continue to feel for the rest of our lives. We will also forever hold their memories close and near, which will help us get through this."