VISALIA, CA (KMJ) — A former sergeant with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was found guilty of charges that included domestic violence and witness intimidation.
On Tuesday, 47-year-old Richard Ramirez was sentenced to 5 years, 8 months for crimes against three victims.
On May 7, 2021, a jury convicted Ramirez of the following:
- Adult Victim1 –The defendant was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of battery. The crimes occurred in October or November of 2008. Ramirez was charged with forcible rape and spousal rape; however, the jury convicted on the lesser charges of battery.
- Adult Victim 2 –The defendant was convicted of one felony count of dissuading a witness, one felony count of dissuading a victim, one felony count of corporal injury on a significant other, one of felony count of stalking, two misdemeanor counts of battery on a significant other, one misdemeanor count of annoying telephone calls, and one misdemeanor count of disobeying a court order. The crimes occurred between May of 2018 and July of 2019.
- Minor Victim 3 –The defendant was convicted of one felony count of dissuading a witness. The crime occurred in May of 2019.
In addition to his sentence, the Court imposed a 10-year criminal protective order.
A civil lawsuit filed by a victim is set to begin
Listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern.