The Albemarle County man who pleaded guilty to killing a baby by kicking it is going to spend the next 30 years in prison. Ramon Turley, 19, appeared in court Wednesday where the judge handed down the maximum sentence.
It was an emotional moment for both sides, when the judge sentenced Ramon Turley to 40 years in prison with 10 years suspended.
Turley pleaded guilty to second degree murder after he admitted to kicking one-year-old Camora Wicks while babysitting in May 2011.
The victim's family feels the sentence is appropriate.
"Justice came for my daughter...and I appreciate it," said Marquise Wicks, the victim's father.
The prosecution also feels the sentence is fair.
"The court felt that the sentence, and I feel that the sentence, that took into account all the evidence, the significant injury to this child and the evidence of the loss for this family," Darby Lowe, the prosecutor.
During the sentencing hearing people testified from both sides.
Camora's father and aunt gave victim impact statements, while some of Turley's relatives and foster parents spoke to his character.
Turley also gave a tearful statement asking the judge for help. He apologized to the family, saying it was not intentional and that he is not a monster.
Ultimately, none of that can bring Camora back.
"Like I argued, no sentence will give them back their child and their baby that they miss and love," said Lowe.
As the judge prepared to sentence Turley she mentioned the three broken ribs and severe lacerations the baby suffered. The judge also said whether the incident was intentional or not, it is extremely disturbing. She then handed down the 40-year sentence.
"I never got to be there for her so therefore man he got what he deserved," said Wicks.
Turley will be 50-years-old when he gets out of prison.
Once he is released, he faces another 40 years of probation and will not be allowed to have any unsupervised contact with children.
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