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Former police officer convicted of murdering mistress and child sentenced to two life terms without parole

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Published on: Monday, March 25, 2013

By Jim Davis

A former Metropolitan Police Department officer convicted of murdering his mistress and their infant daughter will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

“There is something evil about a man who can kill his own child, especially when he was sworn to protect us,” said Angela Alsobrooks, state’s attorney for Prince George’s County. “Mr. Phillips is a disgrace to the uniform and the profession. He is a coward and a killer.”

Alsobrooks announced Friday that Richmond Phillips was sentenced to two terms of life without parole plus 20 years for the shooting death of Wynetta Wright and for leaving their 11-month-old daughter to die in an overheated car parked in Oxon Hill.

“This is a case that deeply affected this community, and we are pleased that Mr. Phillips received the maximum sentence for his wretched conduct,” Alsobrooks said.

Prosecutors argued that Phillips had lured Wright to the Hillcrest Heights Community Center in the late hours of May 30, 2011, with two thoughts in mind: to convince her not to go through with the paternity hearing scheduled for the next day or to kill her and her child if he could not change her mind about the hearing.

After shooting Wright in the head and dragging her body into the nearby woods, he drove her vehicle, with his child strapped into a car seat in the back seat, to a nearby apartment complex. He parked the car and left the child to die. Witness testimony concluded that temperatures inside the vehicle reached 125 degrees. 

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