Man sentenced to life in prison for Royal Oak woman's murder

Alan Wood convicted of killing 80-year-old Nancy Dailey

Published On: Feb 15 2013 07:19:03 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 15 2013 06:24:21 PM EST
Alan Wood
PONTIAC, Mich. -

An ex-convict convicted of murder in the home invasion and knife-slaying of an 80-year-old Royal Oak woman has been sentenced to life without parole.

Alan Wood, 49, was convicted in January of first-degree murder in the death of Nancy Dailey.

He learned of his sentence Friday.

Dailey was found beaten Nov. 20, 2011, in her home on Trafford. Her throat had been slit.

Wood had also been charged with stealing from her home and using her bank cards.

--Nancy Dailey

Co-defendant Tonia Watson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and agreed to testify against Wood.

She was sentenced to 23 to 80 years in prison for the murder charge, 46 months to 15 years on a larceny charge and 34 months to 15 years for a bank card theft charge.

She was also ordered to repay $45,000 in restitution.

In court, Watson said she was sorry, but the judge said it was her history or crime and drug abuse that had landed her in the situation.

Tonia Watson

--Tonia Watson

Suspects befriend victim

The prosecution says Wood and Watson needed drug money so they went into Dailey's neighborhood looking for odd jobs on Nov. 6, 2011.

Dailey let them rake leaves for her.

Prosecution say suspects returned with a plan

The prosecution argued that Wood and Watson became even more desperate for drug money that they returned on the evening of Nov. 20, 2011, to Dailey's house. But this time, the prosecution says, Watson knocked on the front door as a distraction while Wood went around to the back to break in.

Once inside, the prosecution says the suspects lead Dailey around her home, stealing things as they went until Dailey said she needed to use the bathroom. When Dailey tried to shut the bathroom door, the prosecution says Wood grabbed Dailey by her hair, dragged her to a bedroom, tied her up with a blue scarf and beat her. He later slit her throat and stabbed her one more time in the neck.

The two are caught on camera using Dailey's bank cards at several locations.

Cousin of victim testifies

Leah Storto, Dailey's cousin, told the court the two grew up together and had stayed close through the years.

“Nancy was a wonderful person. She was very loving and kind," she said.

Storto said she last talked to Nancy just after 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2011. She tried calling back about an hour later, but got no answer.

After several unanswered phone calls, Storto said she went over to Dailey's home. When she couldn't get in, she asked a man, who she called Steve the neighbor, to help get her in.

Once inside, Storto said she saw Dailey lying on the floor between the bedroom and hallway.

"I noticed that her face was covered and dripping with blood," she said.