Vincent Ingram stood quietly between his attorneys while Teresa Stanback sat in the jury box as Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Mike Jones prepared to sentence Ingram in the shooting death of Stanback’s son, Ruby.
Moments after Ingram declined his opportunity to make a statement, Jones sentenced him to 40 years in prison in connection with the shooting death of Ruby Stanback.
Ingram, 32, was convicted of manslaughter May 26.
Police said Stanback was shot at a residence on West Irvine Avenue in Florence on Nov. 27, 2009.
“I’m glad it’s over with,” Teresa Stanback said after the sentencing hearing. “Justice has been served.”
Stanback said she hopes the sentence will help bring the family some closure.
Rudy Stanback was the second of her sons to be killed. Her other son, Chris, was killed in 1994. Earlier this month, a Florence man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for Chris Stanback’s death.
“This has been a double dose of tragedy — first Chris and then Rudy,” Teresa Stanback said. “It’s really been hard to take. Losing two sons took a lot out of our family.
“I still walk around without a heartbeat sometimes. I just have to get on my knees and pray to God to get me through this, and he has.
“I hope and pray that no one else will ever have to walk in my shoes.”
Ingram was charged with murder but after deliberating for more than 11 hours the jury returned a verdict of manslaughter.
Lauderdale County Chief Assistant District Attorney William Powell asked Jones to sentence Ingram to life in prison. That request was based on the fact that he had two prior convictions and that he had a drug trafficking charge pending.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said he was pleased with the sentence.
“We asked for life but in reality a 40-year sentence is like life,” Connolly said. “He will have to serve 15 years before he is eligible to come up for parole the first time.”
Jones said Ingram will be credited with 471 days that he has spent in jail.
Prior to the sentence being issued, Jones heard statements from members of Ingram’s family and friends asking for a lighter sentence and from members of Stanback’s family.
“On Nov. 27, Vincent Ingram took my father from me,” Ingram’s daughter, Khirisha Pruitt said. “He was suppose to be my date for my senior prom, but he wasn’t. On May 25, 2012, my daddy couldn’t see me graduate, but that was the same day Vincent Ingram was found guilty.”
Connolly said he hopes the sentencing will bring closure to the Stanback family.
“Hopefully, they can put this behind them and move on with their lives. They’ve sure been through a lot,” he said.
Ingram’s attorney gave notice to Jones following the hearing that Ingram plans to appeal the conviction.
He is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center waiting to be transferred to a state prison.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.