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Capital Gazette: the man who killed 5 people in a shooting in a newspaper receives several life sentences


Jarrod Ramos was sentenced to five terms of life without parole, plus a life sentence, plus 345 years, according to Anne Arundel County State Attorney’s spokesperson Tia Lewis.

Widow Andrea Chamblee wrote that she felt “surrounded by a river full of panting and restless people, destroyed by gun violence, wading around until we each realized in our time that the only way up and to come out was to stimulate anyone who kicked and drowned to the top together, “according to the newspaper.

“The real impact on the victim is that he left when he deserved to be here,” read Chamblee’s prepared remarks. “He deserved to enjoy her recognition, to enjoy this time in his life, and I was so hoping to see her and live her with him, and repay him for all the kindness he gave me. Now I don’t. never will. “

Two of six people who survived the shooting and more than a dozen family members spoke out in court Tuesday morning, The Washington Post reported. Among them, Selene San Felice, a journalist who hid under a desk during the attack.

“There were days when I wondered why I was living or if I had to live at all,” she said, according to the Post. “I live to spread the truth.”

“We will continue.”

One of the daughters of murdered staff member Wendi Winters told reporters outside the courthouse that the conviction “gives us comfort that the person who took her from us will never breathe freedom again.”

“We ran out of time with our mother. We lost the storyteller of our family and as a community we lost the storyteller for all who are Annapolitans,” said Montana Winters Geimer.

Montana’s sister Summerleigh Winters Geimer was 20 when her mother was killed.

“She’s never going to see me fall in love, get married, have babies; she hasn’t seen me go through college. My mom misses all the big things in my life. But I’m here for this big event in her au that was, and Wendi was here with us, ”Summerleigh said outside of court.

Ramos resents the newspaper after an article

Authorities said Ramos was angry with the newspaper. Court documents showed Ramos filed a defamation complaint in 2012 against the newspaper and a reporter for a 2011 article that detailed his guilty plea in a harassment case. A judge dismissed this lawsuit and an appeals judge in 2015 upheld that decision.
Capital Gazette: the man who killed 5 people in a shooting in a newspaper receives several life sentences

Anne Colt Leitess, Anne Arundel County prosecutor and lead prosecutor in the murder case, told reporters justice was served in Tuesday’s sentencing.

“I think it became very clear that this case was not about the accused… better about himself,” the prosecutor said.

“And the jury saw through that, and the judge saw it today” in sentencing, she said.

Those killed were McNamara, 56; Wendi Winters, 65; Gerald Fischman, 61; Rob Hiaasen, 59; and Rebecca Smith, 34.

Ramos had pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible

Ramos had pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible in October 2019 to 23 counts, including murder, setting up this year’s trial, in which a jury was asked to determine his mental state at the time of the shooting.
The trial began in late June following delays for various reasons, including Covid-19, the Capital Gazette reported. The jury took less than two hours to render its verdict.

Prior to sentencing, Ramos faced five life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus an additional life sentence for attempted murder as well as long sentences for firearms.

CNN’s Connor Spielmaker and Michelle Krupa contributed to this report.

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