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Monday, 1 November 2010

Robert Ramirez, 19, a documented member of the SUR-13 street gang

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Robert Ramirez, 19, a documented member of the SUR-13 street gang, smiled as he walked into Circuit Court Judge Debra Riva’s courtroom with his attorney Carolyn Schlemmer to accept a 25-year prison sentence for a second-degree murder charge.
His accomplice, Luis Rincon, 18, also accepted a plea deal in June and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder.Daniel Case, 59, was found Feb. 23, 2009, behind Griggs Plumbing at 12th Avenue West and 14th Street, where he normally stayed, according to a Bradenton Police Department arrest report.
Ramirez used an aluminum baseball bat and Rincon swung a golf club, pounding Case’s body, according to reports.
“The only way I can get closure for my son is I have to ask God to forgive you. I think I could and have closure. It’s so hard. ... Not a day goes by that I don’t think about this. I shed tears everyday,” said Rachel Case, Case’s mother as she addressed Ramirez and passed him at the table. “May God bless you.”
Ramirez did not seem moved by Case’s mother. He chose not to address the court or Case’s family.
Investigators located the club and the bat covered in Case’s blood nearby inside a hollow tree, according to reports. Ramirez’s DNA was found on the bat; Rincon’s was not on the golf club because he used his shirt sleeves to cover his hands as he clutched the handle, according to police.
During interviews, Bradenton Police Detective Greg Price was told the teens planned to burglarize a nearby tire store, Pedro & Jesus Tire Shop. They brought the golf club and bat to break out the windows.
Rincon told Ramirez they had to take care of Case and knock him out. Case never said anything to the teens, according to reports.
Had Ramirez taken his case to trial and been convicted, he could have been sentenced to up to life in prison.

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