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Elkview man gets 76 years in beating/robbery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Elkview man was sentenced to at least 76 years in prison Monday for robbing and beating an elderly woman in Pinch earlier this year.

Casey Givens, 22, previously pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and malicious wounding of a person 65 or older.

The incident left Ramona Jones, 74, with a broken collarbone, broken ribs, broken vertebrae and a broken facial bone, as well as two punctured lungs and bleeding in the brain, among other injuries. She will never recover, her family told Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.

"These are some of the most serious offenses that can be committed against human beings in our society," Bailey told Givens before handing down the sentence of 74 years for first-degree robbery and two to 10 years on the malicious wounding charge.

Bailey honored the request of Jones' husband, Buddy, who asked the judge to give Givens the same amount of prison time as Ramona Jones' age.

"This criminal, Casey Givens, took my wife's life," Buddy Jones said through tears.

While Bailey said she couldn't ease the pain of Jones' family, she can make sure they "will not see the likes of Mr. Chapman or Mr. Givens for a long, long, long time."

Bailey sentenced Aaron Chapman, 21, who pleaded guilty to the same charges as Givens, to 80 years in prison last month.

Both men admitted that in February they went to the home of Ramona Jones and then tried to break into Frank Mace's residence. The plea deals dropped the charges stemming from the incidents at Mace's home.

Deputies found broken furniture, bloodstains, open jewelry boxes and an overturned cook stove in Jones' house.

"I wish I could take it back," Givens said, crying. His mother and father, who were sitting behind him, wiped tears from their eyes.

Bailey told Givens he might have turned out a better person if he had known someone like Jones. Givens dropped out of high school in the eighth grade, said his attorney, Tim Carrico. He has a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Shelley Lively, Jones' daughter, dumped hundreds of pages of hospital documents on the table. She described how her mother loved to solve word puzzles and read Givens the definition of murder from a dictionary Jones often used.

She asked Bailey to grant her family restitution, which Bailey said she would address at a later date when an amount is clearer.

"Did she beg you to stop or offer to pray for you?" Lively asked Givens. "She is that kind of woman."

David Jones, Ramona Jones' son, showed Givens the feeding tubes his mother is now forced to use, along with other medical equipment.

"How hard did you have to hit a 74-year-old woman?" he asked.

Reach Kate White at kate.white@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.


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