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Ramsey gets maximum in Cosby shooting

Published: 11:19 AM, 04/25/2013 Last updated: 11:41 AM, 04/25/2013

Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Accepting Assistant District Attorney Tonya Thornton’s argument that a Cosby man had a history of violence and was still “slinging drugs” after a fatal shooting at his apartment, Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II sentenced Randy Ray Ramsey, 33, of South Highway 32, Cosby, to 25 years in prison after a hearing on Tuesday.

The judge ordered that the full sentence be served before Ramsey is eligible for parole on the second-degree murder conviction. The defendant is already serving a 66-year federal prison term on drug distribution conspiracy charges.

Ramsey was convicted last February 14 of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his 33-year-old girlfriend, Mollie Amanda Marie Greene-Howard, in the apartment they shared in the Park Entrance Grocery off Cosby Highway. Although defense attorney Jessica Sisk argued that the shooting was a tragic accident, the prosecution contended that it was a premeditated murder.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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