Columbia man to serve 55 years in killing of bondswoman

Two years after a bail bondswoman was shot to death outside a Columbia apartment complex, the man she had arranged to collect money from the day she died was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the killing, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Dominque Davon McDonald, 23, of Columbia, was sentenced in connection with the Sept. 1, 2011, slaying of Nichole Bernadette McNair in Howard County Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 19 by Judge Timothy J. McCrone. 

McDonald, who was convicted in May, will serve 30 years for second-degree murder, 20 years for a gun charge and five years for a second gun charge. 

According to Kirwan, McCrone delivered the sentence based on McDonald's criminal record and the "heinous nature" of the crime. 

“When he (McDonald) has been out (of jail or prison), he has a complete disregard for the laws, mores and morals of society,” said prosecutor Claude deVastey-Jones at the hearing. “At some point there has to be a consequence, to the fullest extent of the law, to protect society from this defendant.”

Kirwan said the daughter of McNair, Nicole Parrish, said McDonald "took away the most important woman in my life.”

McNair was found suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to Howard County General Hospital, where she died. Investigators believe that McDonald arranged to meet McNair on Hayshed Lane to make a payment on money he owed for bail posted on his behalf in an unrelated case.

Following his sentencing, McDonald  pleaded guilty for violating his parole in connection with the incident. He was sentenced to a three and a half year prison sentence, which will be served consecutively to his 55-year sentence. 

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