Man who shot veteran during home invasion sentenced to 42 years
Published on October 03, 2022
GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Weld County judge sentenced a 22-year-old male to more than 40 years in prison for shooting a military veteran during a home invasion in 2018.
Raymond Ramirez was sentenced to 42 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for his role in the armed burglary.
On October 21, 2018, neighbors of a home on 88th Avenue in Greeley called 911 at about 4:00 a.m. stating a male was outside screaming for help, before leaving in a vehicle.
Greeley officers pulled a vehicle over that matched the neighbor’s description. A female was driving with a male passenger and a four-year-old child inside the car.
Both the driver and adult passenger were covered in blood. They told police the male passenger had just been shot in the shoulder at their Greeley home.
The female victim told police that she had been asleep, alone in her bedroom, when she was woken up to two men. One of the men pointed a gun in her face, before putting her in a headlock and dragging her down to the basement where they beat her.
Meanwhile, the female’s adult son and young grandson were also woken up by the intruders. The men beat the adult male before dragging him and his son into the bathroom. Ramirez then came into the bathroom and shot the male victim in his shoulder.
“He didn’t just shoot to shoot,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wrenn said during the sentencing hearing. “He shot to kill that night. In that effort, he almost took the life of a great man who served his country and who was raising his young son.”
During the invasion, the males stole several cell phones, a Springfield 1911 handgun, electronics and other household items totaling more than $2k.