Man found guilty in killing of Marine reservist in Pasadena
A jury on Monday found a 26-year-old man guilty of fatally assaulting a Marine reservist in Old Town Pasadena, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A jury deliberated less than two days before finding Fernando Sabino Ramirez, a Latino from Rowland Heights, guilty of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, prosecutors said.
Jurors also found true an allegation that Ramirez inflicted an injury that left 25-year-old Joshua Martinez comatose due to a brain injury.
On Aug. 5, 2013, Martinez was with a group of friends at Ix Tapa, a restaurant and bar in the 100 block of East Colorado Boulevard. About 1 a.m., he got into an argument. After leaving the bar with his friends, he was “attacked without provocation,” said Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra.
After the assault, Martinez was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
Four other people were charged in connection with the death and have each pleaded no contest to one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
Jonas Cardenas Ramos, a 25-year-old Latino. and Angel Christopher Moroyoqui, a 22-year-old Latino, are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 5 in a Pasadena courtroom.
Jonathan Pierre Aquino, a 26-year-old Latino, and Timothy Scott Coley, a 24-year-old Latino, were sentenced July 16 to three years' probation and 60 days of community service.
Ramirez faces a maximum of nine years in state prison when he is sentenced, scheduled for Dec. 1, prosecutors said.