The shooter, Jarrod Ramos of Laurel, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to 23 criminal counts. The criminal responsibility trial–Maryland’s version of an insanity defense–spanned two weeks.READ MORE: ‘Guardians Of The First Amendment’ Memorial Unveiled On Anniversary Of Capital Gazette Newspaper Attack
He was found responsible July 15, more than three years after the shootings, meaning he would spend the rest of his life in prison rather than a state hospital.READ MORE: Families Of Capital Gazette Shooting Victims Sue The Baltimore Sun, Tribune Publishing
Ramos had a longstanding grudge against the newspaper for an article they published about his stalking of a former classmate.
In an interview with WJZ, Anne Arundel County’s State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess the defendant could receive five life sentences for each of the five victims. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were killed during the attack.MORE NEWS: Capital Gazette Shooting Trial: Video Shows Moments After Attack, Police Questioning Jarrod Ramos