DOJ: Houston Co. woman sentenced to over 18 years in prison for her role in the bombing of her ex-boyfriend


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – A Houston County woman has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for her role in the Dothan truck bombing that targeted her former boyfriend.

According to Justice Department authorities, Taylor’s Ashley Nicole Haydt conspired with a friend to blow up her former boyfriend’s truck.

The friend, Sylvio Joseph King, had already pleaded guilty and testified against Haydt. A bomb planted in Haydt’s former boyfriend’s work truck exploded in October 2017, injuring the man, police say.

According to court records and evidence presented at his trial, in 2017 Haydt worked at the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center in Dothan with King. The two became friends, and Haydt spoke to King about the troubled relationship she had with her longtime boyfriend and the father of her child. After exchanging a series of messages over time, Haydt told King that her life would be better if her ex-boyfriend was out of the picture, according to the DOJ.

Authorities say that with Haydt’s continued encouragement to kill her ex-boyfriend, King began purchasing the materials needed to build a pipe bomb.

Haydt provided King with her ex-boyfriend’s address, and in the early morning of October 23, 2017, King planted the explosive device in the ex-boyfriend’s work truck that was parked at his home, according to the DOJ. King detonated the bomb as the ex-boyfriend was driving to work. Shrapnel from the device blasted into the ex-boyfriend’s back and hip, but thanks to the actions of a passing motorist and first responders, he survived. After the blast, police say King texted Haydt that said, “boom, I felt that from 120 feet away” and “took care of it.”

In 2021, King was sentenced to nine years in prison.

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