Man who strangled, stabbed live-in girlfriend in North Port sentenced for murder

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Updated: Apr. 26, 2019 at 11:33 AM EDT
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NORTH PORT (WWSB) - 43-year-old Jason Doty has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of his live-in girlfriend, Erica White, last year.

The sentencing comes after a jury had found Doty guilty of second degree murder in March of this year.

EMS and fire personnel were called to a home on the 13000 block of Tamiami Trail in North Port around 4:30 a.m. on August 24, 2018 for reports of a deceased person. When authorities arrived on the scene Doty had blood all over his hands and scratches on his right cheek and he led them to the back bedroom where personnel found 41-year-old Erica White.

White was found dead lying on a bed on her back in a pool of blood. She had stab marks on her neck and several knives were on a night stand.

The Medical Examiner’s Office found White had been stabbed three times in the chest, three times on the right side of her neck and two times on the left side of her neck. A belt and folding knife were found under her thigh. An autopsy found she died of manual strangulation coupled with stabbing.

The status of another, unrelated case involving Doty, one where he was wanted on a warrant for sexual battery, distributing obscene material to a minor, and multiple counts of lewd and lascivious behavior, is unknown at this time.

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