San Antonio woman gets 17 years for helping soldier kill wife

September 9, 2018 GMT

A San Antonio woman faces 17 years in prison for helping her lover, an Army sergeant, kill his wife in 2015.

Dolores Delgado, 33, pleaded guilty in Baltimore and was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge George Russell III. The crime was interstate travel to commit domestic violence, resulting in death, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland.

In August 2015, Karlyn Ramirez, a soldier assigned to Fort Meade, was found shot to death in her Maryland home with her 4-month-old daughter in her arms, according to the plea agreement and other evidence in the case.

Ramirez was married to Sgt. Maliek Kearney at the time. The couple had recently separated, and Ramirez had a protective order barring contact between the two.

On Aug. 24, 2015, Kearney drove from South Carolina, where he was stationed, to Severn, Maryland, and entered Ramirez’s home. Kearney brandished a gun while Ramirez told him that she didn’t want to see him again.

He shot her three times before making it look as though she’d been sexually assaulted. He also put the couple’s daughter in her arms.

Kearney was assigned to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston when he was arrested in 2016. A jury convicted Kearney, 37, of murder and a gun charge last month. He is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

During Kearney’s trial, Delgado testified for the prosecution and described the affair. She thought Kearney would resolve his issues with Ramirez, the Baltimore Sun reported. She cried as she apologized to Ramirez’s family, according to the Sun.

Delgado said she gave Kearney the gun used to kill Ramirez and lent him her car to drive from South Carolina to Maryland. She also bought gas cans for Kearney so he wouldn’t have to stop and “risk being seen.” She remained at his South Carolina apartment with his phone and car so it would seem as though he had stayed in town.

Delgado and another person later disposed of the gun, shell casings, the clothes Kearney wore during the murder and a key he used to get into Ramirez’s home. Delgado also tried to destroy the gun’s serial number, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.