Murder Guilty Plea

With this week's guilty plea of a final suspect in a murder case, some say justice has been done.

Two life sentences without the chance of parole, that's the sentence 26-year-old Ronnie Daniels has received for the 1999 murder of Gainesville businessman, P.M. Norwood.

On July 8th, 1999, Daniels, his brother Dewayne and another set of brothers from the area, Larry Lee Hall and Anthony Harris, were charged with the shooting death of Norwood. He was found shot to day by a friend about 11:30 that night at his home. His trade and sell shop was located on the first floor of his home. According to investigators, robbery was the motive.

"I think three of them shot him," says Sumter County Sheriff Johnny Hatter. According to one of the statements that Ronnie Daniels gave, Anthony Harris had shot Mr. Norwood and Norwood started praying and that's when Anthony Harris gave the gun to Ronnie Daniels. Then Daniels told Norwood a few words and shot him again. It was just a 'SENSELESS' murder. I mean what they got was hardly nothing."

According to Sheriff Hatter, the culprits got away with a pack of cigarettes, some quarter and dimes from the cash register and Mr. Norwood's watch and ring, which the sheriff says was discovered on Ronnie Daniels during questioning.

Ronnie Daniels is now in the custody of Choctaw County authorities, facing a previous jail escape charge there. As for his brother, 24-year-old Dewayne Daniels, he previously pled guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison while 26-year-old Larry Lee Hall and 23-year-olld Anthony Harris were sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

"I think they should have been in prison a long time ago," says Sheriff Hatter. "I think they should not hit the ground again and with the charges they've got, I don't believe they will!"


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