By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico
Just as the jury was about to be seated Monday and opening arguments were set to begin, Albert Ramirez decided to plead guilty and accepted the maximum sentence for the first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend.
Ramirez, 20, will serve life in prison and forfeited his right to an appeal, District Attorney Matt Chandler said.
In New Mexico a person sentenced to life in prison can become eligible for parole after 30 years.
“We were quite shocked when the defense team walked in with a signed agreement that he would serve a life sentence,” Chandler said.
Through his plea, Ramirez admitted to the July 2007 shooting of his mother’s boyfriend Eladio Robledo outside the Sixth Street home the victim shared with Ramirez’ mother.
Debra Ramirez had filed a no-trespass order against her son in the months before the shooting. She told police she was afraid of her son because of his violent tendencies.
Chandler said his office was approached by the defense prior to jury selection to see if there was a plea offer from prosecutors.
The state’s case against Ramirez was air-tight, Chandler said.