A woman from Ventura County was involved in a drunk-driving car accident in which she killed her own daughter. Now she faces many years in prison.
Judith Ramirez, a 39 year-old woman from Oxnard, was sentenced to 27 years in prison by Ventura County Judge Bruce Young on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Ramirez was involved in a drunken-driving incident on May 29, 2010 which killed her 17 year-old daughter, Victoria Castro-Ramirez. Ramirez’s four year-old son, Jose, was also in the car and suffered a broken arm while family friend Abby Diaz, 21 years-old, was also a passenger in the car and suffered facial cuts.
Ramirez was convicted in August 2012 by jury of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, child endangerment, inflicting great bodily harm, drunken driving, driving with a suspended driver’s license, and having a blood-alcohol level the exceeded the legal limit.
At Ramirez’s sentencing, she held her head low and fixed her eyes on the defense table. Ramirez was not alone at the court room as her family and friends were there to support her.
But regardless of the support in the court room, Judge Young handed out a harsh punishment of 27 years in prison. In presenting Ramirez’s sentence, Judge Young stated “it was unfortunate that those who cared for her didn’t address her problems with alcohol.”
One factor that Judge Young took into consideration when sentencing Ramirez was the fact that Ramirez had prior DUI convictions. Ramirez was convicted of drunken driving in 2004 and in 2007. In addition, Ramirez lied to her probation officer by claiming to have no alcohol problem. These factors led to the harsh 27 year prison sentence.
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