Before bestowing sentence, Woodroof described the case as “very heinous.”
“It was somewhat shocking to the court in that I saw no justification for it at all,” he said.
Keith initiated the fight, grabbed his stick to fight and “when that didn’t work, he went to get a gun. It was intentional, aggressive and heinous, and those are the facts,” Woodroof said.
Noting that the minimum sentence in this case is 20 years, Woodroof sentenced Keith to 50 years with credit for time served, which is about one year, and ordered him to pay $3,384 in restitution to the victim’s mother plus court costs.
Keith, who was handcuffed and dressed in a black and white jail uniform, was taken into custody following the hearing and returned to the Limestone County Jail. He will be sent to state prison to begin his sentence once a bed is available.
Family, D.A. satisfied
Zandra told The News Courier after the hearing she was satisfied with the sentence.
“I did not want him to die in prison,” she said. “I just want him to not be able to this to anyone else. I have been without my baby for Christmas for three years now, going on four.”
Jones had this to say after the hearing:
“I am very pleased with the sentence imposed today by Judge Woodroof on Keith George,” he said. “The murder of Rusty George was a senseless act of violence. The sentence of 50 years is very reflective that this type of behavior will not be allowed in our community. I would also like to thank the Sheriff’s Department, the Ardmore Police Department, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Jim Ayers for their hard work on this case.”