A Pawtucket woman was shot and killed at point-blank range over three years ago, and a New York man, Jack Doherty, has received his sentence for the murder. Doherty, 27, was found guilty of several charges last November and received two consecutive life sentences plus five years for the murder of 54-year-old Cheryl Smith. Prosecutors proved that Doherty knocked on Smith’s door on January 1, 2020, and shot her four times when she opened it. She died at the hospital soon after. Doherty’s co-conspirator, Shaylyn Moran, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison for her role in the murder. Doherty had recently gotten engaged to Moran and planned to attack her ex-boyfriend, but they ended up shooting his mother instead. The couple was arrested several hours later in a hotel, and Doherty was in possession of the gun used to kill Smith. Doherty was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, discharge of a firearm resulting in death, and possession of a firearm without a license. The state requested the maximum sentence of two life terms plus 20 years, which he received.

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