Judge agrees with jury, sentences murderer to life in prison

Victor Gantt
Victor Gantt

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Butler County Judge Keith Spaeth agreed with a jury and sentenced a Middletown man to life in prison without parole for a brutal murder.

Victor Gantt, 26, will spend life in prison without parole for the murder of Leroy Jones, 75, in May of 2011. Gantt beat Jones to death with an axe.

Gantt was facing the death penalty, but the jury recommended life in prison without parole. Judge Spaeth could have agreed with the jury, or given him a lesser sentence.

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