A man who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper more than three years ago is to be sentenced on Tuesday for one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in US history.
Prosecutors are seeking five life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole for Jarrod Ramos, who committed murder with a shotgun in the Capitol Gazette in June 2018. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wach will decide the sentence.
In 2019, Ramos used Maryland’s version of insanity defense to plead guilty but not be criminally responsible for all 23 counts against him.
After a 12-day trial in July, a jury took less than two hours to dismiss Ramos’ attorneys’ arguments that he did not understand the criminality of his actions. The jury found him criminally responsible for the murders of Wendy Winters, John McNemera, Gerald Fishman, Rob Hiassen and Rebecca Smith.
Prosecutors argue that 41-year-old Ramos acted in revenge against the newspaper after publishing a story about his guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge of harassing a former high school classmate in 2011. Prosecutors said his long, meticulous planning for the attack – which included preparation for his arrest and lengthy imprisonment – proved he understood the criminality of his actions.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Jarrod Ramos