BREAKING: Jarrod Ramos sentenced to life for 2018 Capital Gazette shooting
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Ramos pleaded guilty to 23 criminal charges in connection with the shooting, but used an insanity defense to claim he was not criminally responsible. A jury found him criminally responsible over the summer.
An Anne Arundel County judge handed down the sentence on Tuesday.
In the shooting, Ramos allegedly opened fire on employees inside the building, killing Wendi Winters, John McNamera, Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, and Rebecca Smith.
Prosecutors argued that Ramos committed the shooting out of revenge, as he previously accused the Capital Gazette of destroying his reputation when they covered his misdemeanor harassment conviction in 2011, where he was accused of harassing a woman he attended high school with. He launched several lawsuits against the newspaper, which were dismissed by the courts.