7 Years for Francis Ramos Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Francis RamosOn Monday, July 22nd, deportee, Francis Ramos, 39, began to serve 7 years in prison after he was sentenced by Supreme Court Justice, Troadio Gonzalez.

On Thursday, July 3rd, Ramos had appeared before the Supreme Court and had changed his not guilty plea to guilty for the May 14th, 2011, attempted murder of his aunt’s boyfriend, 33-year-old Michael Young. Young, a Belize City Council employee, was attacked and stabbed multiples inside his Banak Street home.

In mitigation on Monday, there was little Justice Troadio Gonzalez had to consider since he had called no character witnesses, even after he was given an additional four days to get them. With that, Justice Gonzalez imposed a 7-year sentence on Ramos. In making his decision the Judge considered that Ramos had saved the court time by pleading guilty, he also has no previous convictions for crimes of a similar nature in Belize, and he had asked for leniency since it was his first conviction.

On May 14, 2011, 33-year-old Michael Young was inside his Banak Street home in Belize City with Ramos, when Ramos went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. Ramos then stabbed Young three times: once to the inner left arm, the left forearm and the chest area.

In court, it took Ramos several minutes to realize that the main witness, Young, was serious about testifying against him and as soon as Young completed his testimony and identified him as the man who stabbed him, Ramos changed his plea to guilty.

The stabbing of Young was witnessed by relatives who were at home at the time including a 10-year-old child who had also testified in the trial.

Young had known Ramos for three years and at the time of the stabbing, he lived at the same house with Ramos’ Aunt who had taken in Ramos to live with them, after he (Ramos) had been deported to Belize from the USA.