Man sentenced to another 60 years in 1996 shooting spree


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Posted Online: Aug. 09, 2007, 12:00 am
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CARTHAGE, Ill. (AP) -- A Hancock County judge gave an Iowa man another 60 years in jail on charges relating to a 1996 western Illinois shooting spree that left two girls dead and another girl and two toddlers injured.

"These offenses ... must command the fullest punishment allowable under the law," Judge Steven Bordner told Daniel Ramsey on Tuesday.

Ramsey, 29, of Keokuk, Iowa, was sentenced to death in May for killing 12-year-old Lonna Sloop of Burnside and 16-year-old Laura Marson of Basco.

The wounded were Ramsey's then-17-year-old former girlfriend and Lonna's sister, Rachel Sloop; 3-year-old Cody Hamelton and 2-year-old Courtnie Hamelton of Carthage.

In April, Ramsey pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count each of aggravated sexual activity and home invasion.

He was sentenced to the death penalty on the first-degree murder charges, and the 60-year sentence he received Tuesday stemmed from the additional charges.

Ramsey originally was convicted of murder and sentenced to death a year after the killings, but in 2000 the Illinois Supreme Court overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial because the insanity defense used during his first trial was later ruled unconstitutional.

Rachel Sloop and Cody and Courtnie Hamelton spoke at the hearing about the aftermath of the shootings.

"I still have to have the lights on and the doors open" to sleep, said Sloop, who has since married.

Ramsey declined to comment Tuesday before returning to jail. He has until Sept. 14 to file an appeal. He will be credited with 4,047 days served.

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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com














 




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