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Man Sentenced in Cabbie Murder

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  Emotions ran high outside of the federal courthouse in Columbus Wednesday as family members and friends of Jack "Papa Bear" Horne reacted to the sentencing of one of his convicted killers, 26-year-old Mastermichael Ramsey.

"Papa Bear was a great man," said Horne's wife, Ruthie.

"I know that Papa Bear is in a better place- I love him and I miss him and I hate that he's not here," added Horne's friend and coworker Tonya Johnson.

Ramsey was dealt a life sentence plus an additional 25 years in connection with the 2006 kidnapping, robbery and murder of the 55-year-old cab driver. Horne was found shot at an old shooting range on Fort Benning.

Those closest to the victim feel justice has been served.

"This has been the longest three years and now I guess it's closure and we can start building our lives back," he wife said.

"I pray for Jack's family, for all of our families and the Ramsey family and those involved with the defendants. They didn't ask for this either and I think everyone lost something," said Johnson.

In court, Ramsey told the victim's family he grieves their loss but maintains he did not kill Horne, claiming officers and agents in the case manipulated the jury with unproven facts.

Ramsey indicated in court he will appeal the conviction and sentence until all charges against him are dismissed.

District Court Judge Clay Land says it's unlikely Ramsey will ever be released since there is no parole in the federal system.

In a separate hearing today, 25-five-year-old Travis Livingston was also sentenced for his involvement in the case.

Livingston plead guilty to armed robbery back in January in exchange for his testimony in Ramsey's trial.

He testified he saw Ramsey holding the murder weapon but did not see him shoot Horne.

Livingston was dealt a 15 year federal prison term followed by three years of supervised probation.

Former soldier Samuel Perry is the third suspect in the case and reported shooter.

He is currently serving a 60 year sentence in connection with the crime.

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