Siblings who committed a home invasion robbery in Lodi last year were sentenced to prison after accepting a guilty plea Monday morning.
Neither the brother nor sister had a criminal record, and the crime has left a defense attorney baffled.
Araceli Ramos, 31, and Juan Carlos Ramos, 33, each received two strikes for their actions during a home invasion robbery on the 900 block of Wimbledon Drive on Oct. 3, 2010.
The pair entered a residence with two juveniles inside, threatened the female resident and fired a gunshot during the incident, according to the plea.
Juan Ramos must serve 18 1/2 years of his 22-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Araceli Ramos was sentenced to four years in prison.
Juan Ramos’ attorney, Doug Goss, said he had no explanation for his client’s actions and said he was baffled by the situation.
“Neither of them have a criminal record,” he said outside the courtroom. “It’s a totally inexplicable crime.”
A supporter of the relatives who attended the sentencing declined to speak with the media because he said he wanted his privacy and was trying to cope with the situation.
The attempted robbery took place at 7:25 p.m., when the two entered a residence and assaulted a woman inside, said. Sgt. Mike Oden of the Lodi Police Department. The two attempted to get the woman to open a safe inside the residence and Juan Ramos fired a weapon during the robbery, he said.
Two toddlers were present during the invasion, Oden said. While the female victim sustained bruises and lacerations on her head, the children were not physically harmed, police said.
Neighbors who witnessed the siblings entering and exiting the home reported the gunshot, Oden said.
The two fled from the scene in a sedan and were eventually apprehended Feb. 15, according to police records.
In court Monday morning, the two were allowed to sit next to each other during the court proceedings, and Juan Ramos briefly rested his shoulders on his sister’s and touched his head to hers before court came to order.
Goss presented a handful of handwritten letters to the court from Juan Ramos’ co-workers in Fresno saying that he is a family man deserving of mercy. The letters will be put into consideration while developing his probation report, a statement designed to assist a judge with sentencing.
Juan Ramos is a laborer in Fresno, Goss said.
Letters of support for Araceli Ramos will also be put into her probation report, said her attorney, Gregory Davenport.
Juan Ramos pleaded guilty to attempted residential robbery, intentional discharge of a firearm, false imprisonment and committing a crime with intent to cause bodily injury. His sister pleaded guilty to attempted residential robbery and false imprisonment.
The two will return to court Sept. 23 for formal sentencing.
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