Baton Rouge couple get life in death of WBR man

A Baton Rouge couple were each sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty in the killing of a West Baton Rouge Parish man.

Shearman L. Wisham, 1666 Teal St., and Mary Douglas, 1718 Robin Drive, were sentenced Monday by Judge J. Robin Free.

Wisham and Douglas were found guilty of second-degree murder on Feb. 21.

Wisham, 59, and Douglas, 55, were arrested and jailed in March 2011 for fatally shooting Odis Roberts, 70, and leaving him for dead alongside a road in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Roberts, 70, died six months later from wounds he sustained when Wisham shot him multiple times on River Road in October 2010. Douglas was dating Roberts at the time he was shot.

Wisham is Douglas’ former husband.

Police have said Wisham and Douglas conspired and stole $274,000 from Roberts over a one-year time span, with Douglas forging multiple checks from Robert’s bank account from January 2009 to September 2010.

The couple then plotted to kill Roberts after the bank account was depleted, investigators have said.

Wisham was originally booked on attempted first-degree murder and Douglas was facing forgery and felony theft charges before Roberts died on Sept. 2, 2011.