Crossbow killer sentenced to 6 years in prison

Seth Ramsey

Seth Ramsey

DOVER — A 19-year-old Harrington man was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty to fatally shooting his father with a crossbow in 2014.

Seth Ramsey was credited with time served since Dec. 11, 2014, when he was arrested following his 41-year-old father Todd’s death at their residence in the 4000 block of Park Brown Road.

He was a 17-year-old Lake Forest High student at the time.

A guilty plea to manslaughter before Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. in September brought a 25-year sentence this week, suspended after three for two years probation.

Ramsey also received three years incarceration for possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

The elder Ramsey was found deceased by paramedics at his residence on Dec. 11, 2014, police said. Co-workers become concerned for his welfare after he missed two days of work, and went to the home to check on him.

According to police earlier, Ramsey indicated to his dad’s co-workers that he might have killed him. He reportedly told police he had left school that day and was concerned that his father would be angry.

The teen was initially charged with first-degree murder and held by the Delaware Department of Correction.

Deputy Attorney General Jason Cohee prosecuted the case, with Kathy Amalfitano representing Mr. Ramsey.

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