A former Douglas County jailer at the center of a love-triangle killing will see the inside of a correctional facility from a new perspective.
Douglas County District Judge James Gleason on Tuesday sentenced Doloma Curtis, 48, to three to five years in prison for being an accessory to killer Rolander Brown’s escape. Brown essentially executed Carlos Alonzo, 40, with a shot to the forehead.
Both Brown, 27, and Alonzo had been dating Curtis, 48, for months.
On May 28, 2016, Brown had driven to Curtis’ house after suspecting that Alonzo was there. As Alonzo rushed out of the house, Brown shot him point-blank in the forehead. Doloma Curtis then began screaming and wailing, according to audio recordings from the scene.
Prosecutors have said Curtis used her position to discover that Brown was wanted in connection with the slaying of Alonzo. She then helped Brown evade police twice following the Alonzo shooting, prosecutors said.
At sentencing, prosecutor Chad Brown and defense attorney Chinedu Igbokwe stressed that Curtis had no advanced warning that Rolander Brown would kill. However, she delayed justice by refusing to cooperate with authorities — including her refusal to turn over to police the pass code to unlock an iPhone that had received several texts from Brown.
On top of that, prosecutor Chad Brown said, she offered to testify against Brown, but then backed out — including skipping a subpoena requiring her to take the stand at Brown’s trial.
A jury deliberated for five hours before finding Rolander Brown guilty of second-degree murder and two gun counts. Judge Gleason sentenced him to 100 to 140 years in prison, a term that is cut in half under state law.
Curtis’ three- to five-year sentence means that, with credit for nearly a year spent in jail, Curtis will be eligible for parole in six months; absent parole, she’ll be released in 18 months.
Igbokwe stressed that Curtis, a jailer for 12 years, had no record and had been helpful to investigators. She even drove to Atlanta, where Brown had fled, and returned him to Omaha.
Wearing the jumpsuit of the Platte County Jail — where she was housed, rather than at her former workplace in Douglas County — Curtis told the judge, simply: “I would like to apologize for my actions.”
Prosecutor Chad Brown said her cooperation was filled with hitches — notably, her no-show at trial.
“I find it a little troublesome that an individual of her age, occupation and education ... continued to compound her mistakes,” Brown said.