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Ramey gets life sentence for Christmas murder of Scott County man

Staff Report • Aug 29, 2013 at 9:27 PM

GATE CITY — Charlie Joe Ramey was sentenced to life in prison in Scott County Circuit Court this week for his role in the Christmas 2011 murder of a Nickelsville man.

Ramey, 61, was given life in prison plus an additional 40-year sentence Wednesday by 30th Circuit Judge John Kilgore. A jury found Ramey guilty in March of felony murder, robbery and distribution of Schedule III drugs in connection with the Dec. 24, 2011, shooting of Gregory Jerome Hale at his home near Nickelsville.

In addition to handing down consecutive sentences, Kilgore also ordered Ramey to pay a fine of $75,000.

During Ramey’s jury trial, prosecutors argued that Hale was murdered when Ramey and another man went to Hale’s home under the pretense of buying drugs.

Authorities said Hale was shot in the head before Ramey and another man robbed him.

Hale’s body was found Christmas Day by a relative who went to his home to check on his welfare.

Ramey’s co-defendant in the case — Daniel Eugene Norris, 37, of Bristol, Tenn. — is scheduled to stand trial in Scott County Circuit Court in May 2014 on capital murder charges.

Authorities accuse Norris of being the trigger man in Hale’s shooting.

If convicted, Norris could face the death penalty.

See Friday's print edition of the Times-News for more on this story.

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