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Killer gets prison for home invasion

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - Updated: 5:29 PM


Recorder News Staff

FONDA -- An Amsterdam man convicted of double homicide last week was sentenced in Montgomery County Court Tuesday in connection to an unrelated home invasion case.

County District Attorney James E. "Jed" Conboy said Ivan Ramos, 31, of 51 Milton Ave., was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. He was found guilty of first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery in an October jury trial.

Conboy said after the sentence was given, Ramos looked at him and verbally threatened him with physical violence. The district attorney said security was present, and nothing came of the threat.

Ramos allegedly threatened to harm his attorney Mark Juda last week when he was found guilty of stabbing two Amsterdam residents to death in March 2012.

In regard to the case for which he was sentenced Tuesday, Ramos and an unknown accomplice broke into the back door of a Guy Park Avenue apartment around 2 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2011. Ramos brandished a knife, and the accomplice had a shotgun, Conboy said. The pair made off with $160 in cash, an X-Box 360 game console, and a wireless Internet router.

Three of the four apartment's occupants testified against Ramos.

"In spite of the fact that Ramos wore a ski mask, they recognized 'Big Man,'" Conboy said, referring to Ramos' nickname. "They had prior contact with him."

An ex-boyfriend of Ramos' sister also testified, Conboy said.

"Ramos admitted to him he did the burglary," he said.

No one was stabbed with the aforementioned knife, nor was anyone shot, but one of the victims was injured in the incident.

"Charles Seays jumped through a first-floor window to escape Ramos," Conboy said. "He had some serious lacerations to the face, and now has visible scars."

Ramos was arrested by the Amsterdam Police Department and charged in the incident on Dec. 3, 2011.

Four months later, while reportedly out on bail, he murdered Cheryl Goss and William McDermott in McDermott's Locust Avenue apartment. They were found stabbed to death March 2.

Ramos was convicted by a jury Friday, found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and a weapons charge.

He faces life in prison in connection to the murders. He'll be sentenced March 20.

Ramos also faces charges in another home invasion case. He was arrested March 13, 2012 and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in connection to an Oct. 28, 2011 incident at an East Main Street residence in the city.

A male and female victim reported two subjects forcefully entered their apartment displaying what appeared to be a handgun.

Police say Ramos and another man then stole cash and a laptop computer.

The male victim alleged he was pistol-whipped during the incident. He was reportedly treated at St. Mary's Hospital for minor injuries suffered during the struggle.

That case is pending in court, Conboy said.

Ramos is currently serving a three-year state prison term at the Elmira Correctional Facility, the sentence he was given after pleading guilty May 31, 2012 to third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He took a pricey piece of construction equipment from a Locust Avenue residence in February 2012.


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