Timothy Daniel has spent the last three months in county jail and now he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison.
Daniel, who was found guilty in January of aggravated murder for fatally shooting Charles Hooper in the South Zanesville Burger King, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 14 years for three other charges. Judge Mark Fleegle took Daniel’s prior criminal history into account, and called him the worst type of offender there is.
"First of all, you have a significant criminal history, which includes a burglary which puts you under disability," said Judge Fleegle. "Charges out of Utah and a conviction not to long ago in Columbus for having a weapon under disability."
Judge Fleegle also took into account Daniel’s court room antics, which included a scheme to pay off witnesses with drugs in exchange for lying under oath.
"You have shown absolutely no genuine remorse in this case whatsoever for the victim, Mr. Hooper. or anyone else in this case," said Fleegle.
While Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox said he’s satisfied with Monday’s sentencing, he said it’s far from over. Daniel, who represented himself during the four day trial, said he plans to appeal.
"In addition to the perjury that he tried to conjure up, he himself I believe, committed perjury on the stand," said Haddox. "He’s unbelievable. As I said before, this daggone thing could be a movie."
Haddox said thanks to a lot of hard work, a little luck, and staying one-step ahead of Daniel, the public will be much safer with him behind bars.
"We believe the jury made the right decision and because of their decision and the judges sentence, we will never see Mr. Daniel again."