A Big Stone Gap man pleaded guilty this week to his role in multiple home invasions.
Billy Joe Ramey, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking & entering, two counts of grand larceny, and one count of destruction of property.
Ramey's convictions stem from an investigation by the Wise County Sheriff's Office into multiple home invasions in the Powell Valley Road and Big Stone Gap sections of Wise County in early 2016. On May 26, 2016, a deputy responded to a call from two separate people who reported items missing from their homes along with property damage. The investigation led to Ramey, who had been attempting to pawn items at a local pawn shop. A search of Ramey's apartment yielded various items taken from both homes, including clothing, jewelry, and electronics valued at more than $1,000.00.
“We are pleased with the finding of guilt in these cases and thankful for the investigation brought by Sheriff Oakes and his office into this matter,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said. “The convictions mark a significant step toward protecting our community from dangerous home invasions. My office will seek a lengthy sentence to send a message that this behavior will not be tolerated in Wise County or the City of Norton. We further hope that these convictions will begin the healing process for the victims in this case and restore since of security they should feel in their homes.”
Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes commended deputies for their work during the investigation. Oakes also thanked Slemp and the Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
“The teamwork displayed between the Sheriff's Office and the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office brought justice for the victims,” Sheriff Oakes said.
Ramey is set to be sentenced on July 10, 2017. He faces a maximum sentence of 81 years in prison.