The gunman who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A judge ruled Tuesday that a 41-year-old man who opened fire at a Maryland newspaper three years ago, killing five journalists, will spend the rest of his life in jail.
Jarrod Ramos entered the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, in June 2018 with a gun and began firing randomly at staff. Prosecutors said at trial that the attack was retaliation for an article in the newspaper a decade ago about him harassing a former classmate.
Ramos was sentenced on Tuesday to five life sentences without the possibility of release, as well as 345 years in prison.
In 2019, Ramos pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of first-degree assault, and eleven counts of using a firearm in a violent felony offense.
Ramos’ defenders contended at trial that because of his mental disorder, he should not be held criminally accountable. In July, though, jurors recommended that he be sentenced to life in prison.
According to the Gazette, Judge Michael Wachs observed before sentencing, “To suggest the defendant demonstrated a callous and brutal contempt for the sanctity of human life is just an understatement.” “I impose the sentence that the defendant deserves.”
At the sentencing on Tuesday, several survivors and victims’ relatives spoke.
According to the Baltimore Sun, widow Andrea Chamblee said, “The true victim impact is that he’s gone when he ought to be here.” “He deserved to enjoy seeing his acknowledgment, to enjoy this period in his life, and I was really looking forward to witnessing it and experiencing it with him, and repaying him for all of his kindnesses. I’ll never do it again.”
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