Harrington teen pleads guilty in father’s 2014 death with crossbow


DOVER — A Harrington teen pleaded guilty to manslaughter regarding his father’s death following a crossbow shot in late 2014, officials said Thursday.

Seth H. Ramsey, 17 at the time of the incident, will be sentenced on Nov. 30. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, according to the Delaware Department of Justice.

Seth H. Ramsey

Seth H. Ramsey

Resident Judge William L. Witham accepted the plea in Kent County Superior Court.

According to the Department of Justice, Ramsey, now incarcerated by the Delaware Department of Correction, could receive up to 10 years in prison at sentencing.

The case stemmed from the death of Todd E. Ramsey, 41, who was pronounced deceased by paramedics arriving at a residence in the 4000 block of Park Brown Road in Harrington on Dec. 11, 2014, according to the Delaware State Police.

Police said concerned co-workers said the younger Ramsey told them he may have killed his father when they checked on the late man. The co-workers had become concerned when Mr. Ramsey did not show up for work for a couple days, and went to the home to check on his well-being, police said.

After arrival, the co-workers notified law enforcement.

No motive was determined immediately after the incident.

Initial charges against the younger Ramsey included first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

Deputy Attorney General Jason Cohee prosecuted the case, with attorney Kathy Amalfitano representing the defendant.

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