STATE PROSECUTORS DROPPED PURSUIT OF DEATH PENALTY; GAVE PLEA DEAL INSTEAD TO KILLER, ENRAGING THE MURDER VICTIMS’ RELATIVES
FEBRUARY 21, 2020 – written by WADE QUEEN
A Williamson, West Virginia man will spend at least 25 years in prison, after murdering three people in March 2018.
Lance Ward was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, with the possibility of parole in 25 years; just over one month shy of two years since the brutal crime .Ward shot and killed Micah Sammons, Derek James and Amber Lockard on March 23, 2018 on a strip mine site on what is known as Golf Branch near the Martin County/Pike County line on Ky. Route 292.
Lance Ward pleaded guilty to the three murder counts.
Members of the Sammons’ family, the James family, and the Lockard family, have all publicly said that the plea deal that was made by the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney’s office for Lance Ward made was a slap to the face of all of them.
In 2019, state prosecutors filed paperwork to seek the death penalty in the triple murder case, due to Lance Ward also robbing the three people he executed, as well as for the viciousness of the crime itself.
“This was supposed to be an execution trial. Not 25 years,” said Tony Sammons, Micah’s father. “You break that down, that’s eight years and four months per body.”
While they all continue with coping and healing from their grief, the relatives of the the three murder victims have made it publicly clear locally that they will be voting for whomever runs opposite of the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in the next local election.