Judge Sentences Tony Woods To Life In Prison, Victim’s Family Speaks

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Wednesday, a Lauderdale County judge sentenced Tony Woods to life in prison for felony murder.

In August, Woods was convicted of killing his ex-wife, Tammie Woods, in July of 2010.  The shooting happened in the Gravelly Springs community.  Authorities say her death was the result of an ongoing domestic dispute between the two.

During the sentencing, Woods apologized to Tammie's family.

Woods told the packed courtroom, "I didn't mean for it to happen.  I know it's just words, but that's all I have. I'm deeply sorry."

Sherrie Chambers, a family member of Tammie, spoke to WHNT after the hearing.  “During the trial he did not seem to show any remorse at all, he sat there and looked at her picture.”

“That`s the only reaction I saw, is when he cried when his bond was denied,” added Wanda Yauch.

Inside the courtroom, nearly 20 members of Tammie's family let out a cheer when the Circuit Judge Gil Self announced the maximum sentence.

“I think it was wonderful, we waited 2 and a half years for justice and I think we got it,” exclaimed Peggy Coffey.

And Tammie’s family says, sending their daughter's murderer to jail begins the first step in their healing process.

Read more information about Woods' trial.

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