Life without parole for man who killed ex-girlfriend

UPPER MARLBORO, MD -- A Prince George's County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was sentenced for the 2015 murder of his ex-girlfriend, who was also the mother of his child.

Maurice Wigfall, 28, was sentenced to life without parole, plus 50 years and 90 days, for first degree murder and other charges related to the murder of Latiqua Cherry and burning her body in an attempt to cover up his crime. He was convicted in February.

"I mean, this was evil incarnate. But we’re satisfied that he’s going to spend every single day of the rest of his natural life in jail," said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks following the sentencing.

In the courtroom, prosecutor Christina Taylor said Wigfall was "nothing short of complete evil" who planned the murder for months.

Taylor said it started in February 2015, when Cherry got primary custody of their child and a protective order against Wigfall. She said Wigfall took out life insurance policies for Cherry and the couple's then two-year-old daughter, without Cherry's knowledge, and made himself the sole beneficiary.

Then, early in the morning on May 17, 2015, Wigfall left his daughter at his house, broke into Cherry’s apartment, stabbed her in the neck nine times, doused her in gasoline and set her and the apartment on fire.

"A person who’s capable of killing the mother of their child, burning her alive, trying to profit from her death. He’s ruthless," said Alsobrooks.

When given a chance Wigfall did not address the court. Instead, he had his attorney say on his behalf that he has no remorse and does not apologize because he maintains his innocence.

"It is heinous. It is rare that we see a case that is this heinous. A person at his age, in his twenties, capable of carrying through a crime like this means that he’s a person who should never join us again," added Alsobrooks.