Jury hands down 15-year sentence in teen's stabbing death
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A jury sentenced twenty-four year-old Luis Ramos to 15 years in prison on Friday afternoon, for stabbing an Andress High School student back in 2009. Ramos was convicted of aggravated assault.
Ramos stabbed eighteen year-old Angel Garcia in the neck at a house party in Northeast El Paso, in November 2009. Garcia later died from his wounds at the hospital.
During the trial, a friend of Ramos testified that they were attacked first that night by others at the party.
After Friday's sentencing, Angel Garcia's family told NewsChannel 9 they hoped Ramos would be convicted of murder and receive a harsher punishment. Nonetheless, they said they were satisfied with the final outcome.
"It is what it is and we'll take it. At least he didn't walk free out of here. It's a death of a child. We'll never move on, we'll just have to go day by day with it," said Garcia's father, Sergio Surbieta.
If Ramos had been convicted of murder, he could have spent up to 99 years in prison.
Ramos' attorney said he could serve even less time if he ends up eligible for parole.