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Bristol man to face sentencing on murder, robbery, drug convictions

July 20th, 2013 9:58 pm by Wes Bunch

Bristol man to face sentencing on murder, robbery, drug convictions

GATE CITY — A Bristol, Tenn., man found guilty earlier this year for his role in the Christmas 2011 shooting of a Nickelsville man is scheduled to be sentenced next Tuesday in Scott County court.

Charlie Joe Ramey, 61, was convicted by a jury in March 2013 of felony murder, robbery and distribution of Schedule III drugs. Those charges stemmed from the Dec. 24, 2011, shooting death of Gregory Jerome Hale at his home near Nickelsville.

After finding Ramey guilty, the nine-man, three-woman jury recommended he serve life in prison. The jury also gave Ramey 30 years in prison after finding him guilty of robbery and an additional 10 years for his conviction on a single count of distribution of Schedule III drugs.

30th Circuit Court Judge John Kilgore is scheduled to hand down his ruling on the sentence Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Ramey was convicted following a four-day trial that saw 17 people — including local and state investigators, Scott County auxiliary sheriff’s deputies, family members of the victim and an eyewitness to the shooting — testify on behalf of the prosecution.

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

Hale was robbed and shot, however, authorities said. He reportedly died at the scene from gunshot wounds to the temple and forehead.

His body was found Christmas Day by a relative who went to his home.

Ramey, who was represented by Jonesville attorney Joe Rasnic, did not take the stand for his defense.

Ramey’s co-defendant and alleged trigger man in Hale’s shooting — Daniel Eugene Norris, 37, of Bristol, Tenn. — is scheduled to stand trial in Scott County Circuit Court in August on capital murder charges.

If convicted, Norris could face the death penalty.


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