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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Meeker man receives life without parole in wife's murder

  • A Meeker man convicted by a Lincoln County jury of murdering his wife — a mother of five — was sentenced Monday to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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  • A Meeker man convicted by a Lincoln County jury of murdering his wife — a mother of five — was sentenced Monday to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    Ronny Dale Hamlin, 37, appeared for sentencing before District Judge Cynthia Ferrell-Ashwood at the courthouse in Chandler.
    Following a weeklong trial in February, Hamlin was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Terri Garner Hamlin, 26, who died from a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner reported.
    The judge sentenced Hamlin to what the jury recommended — life without parole.
    “The court honored the jury’s verdict which was justice for a man who executed his wife,” said District Attorney Richard Smothermon.
    “Terri was a good momma of five…she had a heart of gold like you couldn’t believe,” said her mother, Sheila Starr.
    As part of the sentencing, there were two victim impact statements admitted to the court, one from Garner’s 14-year-old sister. She wrote that she hopes the defendant suffers knowing that “he took someone’s sister, aunt, cousin, niece, friend and mom.”
    Gerald and Barbara Garner also submitted a statement that said words couldn’t even begin to describe the pain they go through each day without their daughter.
    “Terri’s youngest two children will only know their mother through pictures and memories that we and other family members can tell them since their momma was murdered when the were only babies,” it reads.
    It was about 10:32 p.m. on April 12, 2011 when police responded to the shooting at the Meeker Village Apartments, 400 Dover Circle, and a Medi Flight helicopter ambulance arrived to transport the victim to an Oklahoma City hospital, where she later died.
    Officials said she and the defendant lived at the apartment complex with their two children, along with her three other children. The five children, ages 3 months to 7 years, were there during the shooting but were not injured.
    Starr, who said she and her daughter both worked at the former Bad Dawg Café in Meeker, said Garner was well known in Meeker and also knew her customers well.
    “She loved everybody in the community,” Starr said.
    Ronny Hamlin will remain in the Lincoln County jail in Chandler until he is transferred to a state penitentiary.
    Smothermon and assistant district attorney Pamela Hammers prosecuted the case.
     
     
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