Gunman in 2018 Maryland Newspaper Massacre to Be Sentenced on Tuesday

By Reuters
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September 28, 2021 Updated: September 28, 2021

The gunman who killed five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis in 2018 will be sentenced to prison on Tuesday after a Maryland jury found him criminally responsible for the massacre in July.

Jarrod Ramos, 41, faces the prospect of life in prison for one of the deadliest attacks on a U.S. media outlet.

Ramos pleaded guilty in Oct. 2019 to 23 felony counts, including five counts of first-degree murder, but argued that he was not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder. The jury rejected his insanity defense after just a few hours of deliberation.

The Capital Gazette
The Capital Gazette is seen in a newspaper vending box, in Annapolis, Md., on June 29, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

The mass shooting took place on June 28, 2018, when Ramos walked into the Gazette’s Annapolis newsroom and killed the newspaper’s assistant editor, Rob Hiaasen, 59; journalists Wendi Winters, 65, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara, 56, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith, 34.

Ramos had waged a long legal battle with the paper over a column it published about him, and his lawsuit was eventually dismissed.

By Maria Caspani

Reuters