Washington, Sept. 28 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Sept. 28, 2021): A man who shot dead five people in a local US newspaper he resented was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday without the possibility of parole.
Armed with a shotgun, Jarrod Ramos stormed into the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, an hour outside of the capital Washington, on June 28, 2018, and killed four reporters and a salesman before d ‘to be arrested.
It was one of the worst media attacks in the United States and sent shockwaves across the country.
Accused of murder, Ramos, now 41, pleaded guilty to the murders but said he was insane at the time of the attack and not criminally responsible. But in July, a jury ruled he was in fact criminally responsible.
At Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, survivors and relatives of those killed were allowed to speak. Ramos did not express any emotion at that time or while reading the sentence, according to reporters in the courtroom.
Ramos had a difficult relationship with the Capital Gazette after unsuccessfully suing him for defamation and threatening him multiple times online.
He was furious with the newspaper for an article published in 2011 entitled “Jarrod wants to be your friend”, in which the newspaper told the plight of a young woman whom he had harassed on the internet, and which had earned him 90 days of reprieve. . prison sentence.
Ramos spent two years planning his attack, spotted his target and even took out a chess club membership in anticipation of being locked up for years, his lawyer Katy O’Donnell said.
Ramos suffered from autism spectrum disorders and compulsive and delusional disorders, among other problems, according to O’Donnell.
In Tuesday’s sentencing, Judge Michael Wachs said: “The impact of this case is simply immense. To my amazement, he said (that) planning this attack was the best years of his life. “