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Judge sentences Carey to life without parole

November 29, 1999

Rickey CareyBy DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town

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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Patricia Turner said she had been looking forward to the day when Rickey E. Carey would be "locked up like a wild animal" for the shooting and stabbing death of her daughter, Lori Lynn Curry.

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On Monday, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. sentenced Carey to life in prison without parole for the slaying of Curry, 24.

Before Carey's sentencing, Steptoe gave Curry's family members a chance to speak.

Turner stood and read a statement she had written the night before.

She described her daughter as a caring person who was dedicated to her three children and her job.

"She was never judgmental to others. She was a compassionate person," Turner said.

As for Carey, Turner said he is "no more than a calculated, cold-blooded murderer."

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Carey declined to comment when the judge offered him a chance to speak.

"There really is not much more for this court to say," Steptoe said.

Because a Jefferson County jury made no recommendation for mercy when it convicted Carey of first-degree murder on Oct. 28, he will have no chance of parole.

Carey's attorney, James T. Kratovil, has filed a notice of intent to appeal the jury's conviction. Kratovil said the appeal is based on several grounds, including gruesome photographs that were shown to the jury and the court's refusal to have Carey's statement to police suppressed.

Curry was shot in the head and the arm and stabbed four times. She was found dead inside a Ranson, W.Va., storage shed that she and Carey were seen entering on Sept. 6 last year, the day she was killed, according to testimony.

Kratovil said Carey has a low IQ and had difficulty dealing with highs and lows in his relationship with Curry.

Carey drove around in his car for about 12 hours after the shooting, passing through Brunswick, Md., Middletown, Md., and Shepherdstown, W.Va., where a state police trooper apprehended him.

At one point during his drive, Carey told police, he pulled off the road near Middletown intending to commit suicide. But he couldn't bring himself to use a gun, Carey told investigators in the lengthy statement.

He finally tried to kill himself by taking 72 sleeping pills, Kratovil said.

Kratovil said he objected to the use of Carey's statement to police because he was under the influence of nonprescription drugs.

Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson described in graphic detail a massive head wound Curry received when she was shot twice with a shotgun. Curry also received a large wound in her arm as she raised it in an attempt to shield herself from one of the shots, Thompson said.

Thompson had a photograph of Curry's body admitted as evidence in Carey's trial.

Carey and Curry had sex in the storage building, according to testimony, and the photograph showed Curry lying partially undressed in the building.

Kratovil argued the photograph served no purpose other than to "inflame the jury."

Curry had three children, an 8-year-old son and daughters ages 4 and 6. Turner said the children will live with her at her home near Charles Town.

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