Suspect in Gammage murder pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison
Daniel Paul Jones (Source: Upshur County Jail)
Ronnie Joe Gammage (Source: Longview PD)
Daniel Paul Jones, 20, appeared in an Upshur County courtroom Wednesday morning where he pleaded guilty to capital murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his involvement in the death of 27-year-old Ronnie Joe Gammage.
Jones was taken into custody immediately after sentencing and will be transferred to a maximum security prison.
Gammage's family and friends were in court Wednesday and came face-to-face with Jones. Many present were satisfied with the sentence that was handed down.
Jones heard statements from the victim's family members after entering his guilty plea. Gammage's brother and sister expressed their anger at Jones for taking their brother, but Gammage's mother delivered the harshest statement.
"You murdered, you tortured my son. Your not a human, you are a demon! Demon of the devil! I will never forgive you. You need to go to the deepest pits of hell and burn for eternity," said Frankie Gammage.
Jones, Haslam and Norwine were all three arrested on capital murder charges in December 2012.
Gammage's body was found in Upshur County just days after he was reported missing. Investigators say the suspects lured him into a car and took him to a construction site. They then beat him, cut his throat, poured gasoline on his body and set him on fire.
Three members of Gammage's family were in court Wednesday and came face-to-face with Jones. The victim's mother, Frankie Gammage, read a statement regarding the impact of her son's death, calling Jones "a demon" and saying that he deserves to "burn in hell."