By Tamar Auber, Fox 2 News
A Michigan judge lambasted a convicted killer in court and told her “I hope you die in prison” after the smirking murderer showed no remorse for her crime.
31-year-old Camia Gamet was sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 murder of her then-boyfriend Marcel Hall. Judge John McBain called the crime “one of the worst cold-blooded murders he’s ever seen.”
During the portion of Wednesday’s hearing where family members are asked to give impact statements, Hall’s aunt Diana Banks-Joiner testified that her nephew had faced unbearable abuse at the hands of Gamet prior to his death.
Smirking, Gamet replied to the allegations of abuse by shouting from the defense table, “Is that it?”
Those callous words set off Judge McBain, who told the convicted felon, “She has a right to talk to the court after you murdered a relative of hers.”
The judge then launched into a rant against the unfeeling killer. ”You’re going to shut your mouth or I’m going to have some duct tape put on it,” he said, followed by “You were relentless. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed until he was dead.”
He then told her that she was lucky that this was not a death penalty case or “you’d be getting the chair,” and hoped that she would die in prison for her crimes, causing an eruption of applause from the courtroom.
Banks-Joiner had said during her testimony Gamet never loved Hall despite the fact he loved her and she hoped Gamet would remember the cries for help and anguish in her nephew’s face as she stabbed him over and over again.
She also said she prayed that Hall’s tragic death would inspire other victims of domestic abuse, especially men, to come forward before it is too late.
“We as a family will take this special gift that you gave Marcel [the gift of death] and tell it to other men of all ages, sizes and races that abuse is abuse regardless of what gender,” Banks-Joinersaid. “And that they are not less of a man for reporting it and walking away but a better man because they know that love is not being beat, stabbed or hit in the head with hammers.”