West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority
Camille Browne, 23 of Beckley. She was 19 when the crimes took place.
BECKLEY, W.Va. — A Beckley woman who pleaded guilty in May to beating a local pastor to death in his home was sentenced in Raleigh County Circuit Court Wednesday morning.
On February 7, 2015, Pastor Ron Browning, 69, was found dead by his wife in their Odessa Avenue home in Beckley. 22 year-old Camille Browne, who was 19 then, knocked on the door of the home to ask for water. When Browning refused, she forcibly entered the home and attacked him.
Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said Browning’s face was “disfigured beyond recognition” after being struck repeatedly by a glass jar. Keller also said an autopsy revealed Browne attempted to strangle Browning with a cord, crushed his chest and cut his eyes.
After killing Browning and rummaging through the family’s belongings, she fled to another home where she tried to strangle an 87 year-old man. From there, she went to a third home and attempted to burglarize