Man who murdered his wife outside War Veterans Nursing Home sentenced to life

Man who murdered his wife outside War Veterans Nursing Home sentenced to life
29-year-old Richard Timmons, pleaded guilty to murdering his wife (Richmond County Sheriff's Office)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - After more than a year of waiting, a family finally has closure on the murder of their daughter, Jazna Timmons. The fate of the man who murdered Jazna last year has been decided.

Just before 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 9, 2018, shots rang out in the parking lot of the Augusta nursing home. When deputies arrived, they found 34-year-old Jazna O. Timmons lying dead from a gunshot wound. Jazna’s husband, Richard L. Timmons, fled the scene and was later arrested in Texas.

Timmons was facing two murder charges and a charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. It took less than an hour for the Judge J. Wade Padgett to come to a conclusion of how he would spend the rest of his life. “The plea agreement is a recommendation of life with the possibility of parole, and the courts acceptance of guilty but mentally ill.”

Richard L. Timmons pleaded guilty, but mentally ill in court Thursday afternoon. The judge sentenced him to life in prison, but left open the possibility for parole.

As Jazna’s family sat in court, they were reminded of the day their daughter lost her life. They say it isn’t the conclusion they were hoping for, but they are grateful to have some closure.

“I wanted life without parole, I don’t ever want him to get out but we got some closure,” says Jazna’s father.

“I wanted life without parole, I don’t ever want him to get out but we got some closure,” says her mother.

Jazna’s family knew about his past, but never thought he would take their daughters life. “She always told me ‘mama he’s going to hurt me’ but I never believed he would actually do this,” says Bates. She says all they can do now is move forward. “I have forgiven him, if not I can’t go on, if I continue to hold that grudge against him, that hatred then I can’t live.”

“That’s the only way my heavenly father would forgive me, if I forgive him," says Outlaw

Jazna and Timmons have 4 kids together, who are now being raised by her parents.

Take a look back at our coverage from that day:

BREAKING: 1 killed in shooting at GA War Veterans Nursing Home

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