Man sentenced to life without parole in slaying of woman

June 08, 1996|By From Staff Reports

John I. Reed IV, who confessed to killing an acquaintance's stepmother Sept. 7 for a $250 payment, was sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court last night to life without the possibility of parole.

He was given another life term for conspiracy to commit murder.

On April 2, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Alfred L. Brennan Sr. found Reed, 21, of no fixed address guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Kimberly Sue Ramsey, 32, of Middle River. She was shot seven times during a contrived burglary, according to investigators. Reed elected to be sentenced by a jury.

Jurors who deliberated more than seven hours until about 10: 15 p.m., also gave Reed three 20-year sentences on other charges, all to be served consecutively.

Investigators said Roger Dale Ramsey Jr. wanted his 32-year old stepmother dead because she admonished him about a car accident he had, so he hired Reed. Ramsey, 18, is awaiting trial.

Pub Date: 6/08/96

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