Life plus five for two Camp murderers

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two of the men convicted of killing a former paramedic and deputy coroner have been sentenced to serve the remainder of their lives plus five years each.

In passing sentence on Darrell Anderson, 33, and Christopher Ingram, 22, Senior Judge Loring Gray said he would spare the sermon for the two men.

"I can preach and sermonize on the value of life on one side and the worthlessness of life on the other, but I don't think it would do any good," Gray said from the bench Friday morning. "I haven't seen any emotion from either defendant throughout this whole process."

A third defendant, Dontavious Wilson, will be sentenced Dec. 20.

All three were convicted of killing Jack Camp, a former paramedic, deputy coroner and search and rescue team member, after he interrupted a drug transaction at the Regency Club Apartments where he lived.

Willie Weaver, Anderson's attorney, said after sentencing he intends to file an appeal, saying neither his client nor Christopher Ingram shot Camp or had any knowledge of what was going on the night the shooting occurred.

Pointing to a deal the state had offered Anderson early in the case, which would have reduced the jail time he would serve if he would agree to testify against the other defendants in court, Weaver said his client doesn't deserve the treatment he has received.

"My client decided to tell the truth and rolled the dice and is paying for it," Weaver said. "He had no knowledge of what was to happen that night, has never admitted being there."

Before sentencing, Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards allowed members of the Camp family to give prepared "victim impact statements," to the court.

Kayla Camp, one of Jack Camp's four daughters, told the court and the defendants her dad had spoken of dying in the line of duty, but that she never expected him to go the way he did.

"How do you choose a coffin for a man who, just the day before, was so full of life?" she read, fighting back tears. "... I have tried not to hate the gang members who killed my daddy ... but these people need to pay for what they did."

Hayley Camp Gilchrist, another of Camp's daughters, condemned Ingram and Anderson for taking her father away, telling them that shooting her father was unnecessary and unfair.

"There are children who have now lost fathers on both sides. You took my father from us, and while you're sitting in jail, your own children will have to go without their fathers because of this senseless act," Gilchrist said. "My father chose to make Albany and the Regency Club Apartments safe for his children and your children."

In total, four members of Camp's family gave testimony to the court on how his death had affected them personally and to their family unit as a whole.

One person spoke on behalf of the defendants, Darrell Anderson's mother, who, with assistance, stood up from the audience and walked near where her son was sitting in shackles.

"I'm sorry about what happened to your dad," she said, addressing the Camp family, "but my son didn't do it ...y'all need to let this drop ... None of this is the truth. They didn't do any of this."

During her statement, the woman called Edwards and the prosecutorial team that put together the state's case "no-good liars," and warned that God had told her to tell them all to drop the charges or that he would take care of each of them.