CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Pinch man was sentenced to 76 to 84 years in prison for beating, robbing and leaving an elderly neighbor for dead earlier this year.
After impassioned, sometimes explosive, comments from victim Ramona Jones' family members, Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey told Casey Givens, 21, that she would follow their request to match the years of the sentence to the victim's age.
Those in the courtroom for the hearing startled, and a bailiff quickly moved forward, when David Jones slammed a box of medical devices on a table and began shouting at Givens.
"You're a little terrorist," Jones said, pointing at Givens. His raw anger directed toward the young man was palpable.
He repeatedly delved into a box of tubes, bags and other medical devices and explained in detail the injuries suffered by his mother in the Feb. 28 attack.
"She died twice in the hospital, she stopped breathing," Jones said. "While you were out running around for ten days.
"She was a cancer survivor. You killed a woman who had breast cancer twice," Jones said.
Givens and Aaron Chapman broke into Jones' Pinch home, ransacked it and brutally beat the woman. They attempted to turn on a gas stove, throw it over and burn the home down afterward.
Jones wasn't found until several hours later. She suffered a broken collarbone, broken ribs and broken facial bones. She is now confined to a wheelchair.
Her son said, "And I had to clean up that mess you left. The blood spatter came all the way up to the thermostat on the wall. There's a bloodstain on the floor that will never come out.
"I hope you are proud of yourself," he said.
Givens didn't avoid Jones' piercing stare as he spoke. He looked at him steadily, swallowing hard several times.
Behind him, his parents wept openly as they, too, listened to the woman's family plead for the judge to be harsh.
Jones said, "I don't care what happens to you from here on out. Because it's never going to be enough.
The victim's husband, Buddy Jones, also begged the judge to hand down a tough sentence.
He said, "She's not able to come down here today. This criminal took her ability to talk, eat, drive, go to the bathroom. She is fed through a tube in her stomach and will wear a diaper for the rest of her life."
He also said the family has been hit hard financially.