Man Involved In Homeless Beatings To Serve 15 Years In Prison

Ammons' Sentence Shorter Due To Cooperation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A man who pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the beatings of three homeless men was sentenced in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom on Wednesday.

William Ammons will spend 15 years in state prison for his role in the attacks.

Authorities said Ammons was with Brian Hooks and Thomas Daugherty on the night in January 2006 when they beat up three homeless men, although Ammons played a lesser role. One of the victims, 45-year-old Norris Gaynor, died from his wounds.

Hooks and Daugherty were convicted of second-degree murder in the attack on Gaynor and second-degree attempted murder in the other two beatings last week.

Ammons, who admitted that he shot the homeless man with a paintball gun, also faced life in prison, but he struck a deal with prosecutors to testify against Hooks and Daugherty in exchange for a lighter prison sentence.

The judge in Ammons' sentencing hearing said she was prepared to give him a 20-year sentence, but because he cooperated with the prosecution in Hooks and Daugherty's trial, the sentence was only 15 years.

During his testimony last week, Ammons said he was hoping for a 10-year sentence.

Daugherty and Hooks each face up to life in prison.

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