WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man accused of killing a woman in Hubbard Township pleaded guilty to amended charges and was sentenced Wednesday.
Devonte Douglas, 25, was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison and must register as a violent offender after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated murder with firearm specifications, abduction and tampering with evidence.
Prosecutors say Douglas abducted his ex-girlfriend Judith Britton, of Youngstown, in December 2021, put her in a truck and drove to Hubbard Township. Douglas then forced Britton to text Adreionna Hasley-Crockett her location. When she arrived, Douglas shot Hasley-Crockett multiple times while she was sitting in her vehicle near a gas well off Lewis-Seifert Road.
Britton returned to the area after Douglas had brought her back to Youngstown and found Hasley-Crockett dead.
Douglas was arrested after he went to the Youngstown Police Department to pick up a towed vehicle after the woman’s body was found.
Briton Hasley-Crokett’s friend Angel Whitted spoke about Douglas’s sentence.
“Your selfishness caused so much heartbreak and uproar. In my personal opinion, you should never have any freedom since you took her chance to have a future and life in general,” Briton said.
“For you to have the audacity to kill her. I don’t believe no time is enough for him,”
When given the opportunity, Douglas didn’t say anything.
“We believe it was basically sort of a lovers’ triangle and jealously and unfortunately, Mr. Douglas just didn’t accept the facts and he had to resort to the violent offense which he basically will spend the rest of his life in prison for,” said Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker.
Hasley-Crockett’s family said they miss her laughter, conversations and everything about her. They described the 22-year-old mother as a woman with a big heart who treated Douglas’ children like her own.
“This was a little relief, you know what I mean? It could have been better. At least she got something. We are going to be here every time he go up for parole. We going to be here to make sure he don’t get out,” said Hasley-Crockett’s aunt Melinda Washington.
“She was family oriented. She did a lot of, anything for the family. Anything for his family, you know. She loved his kids. I told her to stay away from him. She didn’t listen,” Hasley-Crockett’s father Keith Crockett. “He took a whole bunch of people’s loved one away.”