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Malika Willoughby sentenced to 13 years in prison

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MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Malika Willoughby to 13 years in prison plus seven years of extended supervision Tuesday morning. This, after she was convicted of killing Rosalind Ross.

Willoughby shot and killed Ross in a vehicle outside of a restaurant near 62nd and Silver Spring on Milwaukee’s north side in September 2010.

Ross’ mother says Willoughby was her daughter’s female partner. Pamela Ross Collins says her daughter was going to be taking a job at the University of Oklahoma as a coach and that may have been what sparked the violence.

Ross was a former basketball player for Bradley Tech, the University of Oklahoma and the WNBA‘s Los Angeles Sparks. She made a name for herself and her family was extremely proud of Ross’ accomplishments.

During sentencing Tuesday, family members of Ross and the defendant each addressed the court. “Even though Rosalind had all the all the All-American awards, the all tournament team accolades, the WNBA Championship, she was most proud of giving back it back to the kids, and being an influence in their lives, especially for women. She got into coaching high school basketball and working at the Neighborhood House, which is a facility for troubled kids,” Rosalind’s brother, Spencer Ross said.