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Capital Gazette shooting verdict: gunman found criminally responsible

by Anne Belott

| July 16, 2021

By Alex Mann and Lilly Price, Capital Gazette

Three years and 17 days after the mass shooting, an Anne Arundel County jury ruled Thursday the man who killed five Capital Gazette employees was sane during the attack that shocked the tightknit town of Annapolis and therefore culpable for his crimes.

Their verdict brings closer to a conclusion the legal case stemming from the June 28, 2018, murders of Gerald FischmanRob HiaasenJohn McNamaraRebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. Six people survived the attack, billed as the deadliest ever on an American newsroom.

Now, Jarrod Ramos, 41, will almost certainly spend the rest of his life in prison.

Sentencing is expected to occur in about two months, though a date has not been set. Prosecutors have already said they would seek at least five life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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