Man given life in prison for Madison homicide

 A man will spend the rest of his life in prison for a shooting that killed a woman in Madison.

Donald Davis, 30, was found guilty in June of First Degree Intentional Homicide and First Degree Reckless Injury in a shooting that killed 24-year-old Ciara Philumalee and hurt another man.

The shooting happened on West Karstens Dr. in July of 2017. Investigators said Davis was seeking revenge on Philumalee because he believed she helped two men rob him. Davis shot and killed Philumalee and shot and wounded her 44-year-old acquaintance.

Prosecutors said Davis offered money to help find Philumalee and Jennifer Lovick and Korey Johnson took him up on it. Lovick pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Felony Murder and Johnson pleaded guilty to Party to a Crime of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide. Other charges against them were dismissed. Both will be sentenced in November.

Davis was found guilty at trial this past June.

In court Wednesday, a Dane County judge sentenced Davis to life in prison without parole for Philumalee’s homicide and 15 years in prison for the injury to the 44-year-old man.  He was also given some time on a charge relating to him trying to run away from police during his arrest.

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