An American judge sentenced this Tuesday to five life sentences without the possibility of parole to Jarrod Ramos, author of a shooting that three years ago left five dead in a Maryland newspaper office.
Ramos, 41, had admitted guilt in the June 2018 shooting that killed five workers at the Capital Gazette, a local newspaper in the Maryland capital, Annapolis, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Washington.
“To say that the defendant displayed cruel and soulless disdain for the sanctity of human life is simply an understatement. What I am imposing is what the defendant deserves,” said Anne Arundel County Judge Michael Wachs, where he is located. Annapolis, during the hearing on Tuesday.
The magistrate sentenced Ramos to six life sentences, including five without the possibility of parole, plus 345 years for the murders.; as well as 220 additional years for crimes related to assault and possession of firearms.
Although Ramos pleaded guilty in 2019 to the 23 charges he faced in the shooting, during his trial in the middle of this year he argued that he should be held “criminally not responsible,” which is the Maryland version of the declaration of mental incapacity. and transfer him to a psychiatric hospital.
Three years before the shooting, the attacker lost a defamation lawsuit he had filed against the newspaper.
However, a jury found that Ramos did have the mental and emotional capacity to face criminal consequences for the mass shooting.
The shooting had a tremendous impact on the newspaper’s editorial staff, whose workers had to deal with the psychological consequences while trying to keep the newspaper afloat, which like other local media in the US, faces difficulties in maintaining its operations.
“There were days when I wondered why I lived, or if I should live at all,” said Selene San Felice, a journalist who survived the shooting by hiding under her table, during Tuesday’s hearing.
“I live to spread the truth,” added the reporter, one of the dozen survivors and family members who testified at the hearing.
According to the authorities and the Prosecutor’s Office, Ramos acted for “revenge” by breaking into the Capital Gazette building on June 28, 2018 and opening fire on the newsroom through a glass door, killing five people and wounding two. before hiding under a table and being detained by the Police.
Three years before the shooting, the attacker lost a defamation lawsuit he had filed against the newspaper for a 2011 article, in which the Capital Gazette identified him as a female stalker on social media, citing court documents.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, when the legal means to fight the newspaper ran out, he began planning the attack.
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