Dodger Stadium beating suspect ordered back to prison on parole violation
After an hours-long hearing, Deputy Commissioner Ali Zarrinnam ruled that Giovanni Ramirez, 31, violated the terms of his parole by being a felon with access to a weapon. Police found the gun during a search warrant served as part of the investigation into the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.
Ramirez has been described by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck as the prime suspect in the Dodger Stadium beating on opening day. No charges have been filed against Ramirez in that case.
Earlier this month, the parole commissioner ruled there was not enough evidence to hold Ramirez in connection with the March 31 beating. But he found probable cause to revoke Ramirez's parole on the charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department allegedly recovered the items inside a home where he was living. But on Monday, Zarrinnam amended the charge to being a felon with access to a weapon.
Ramirez had been offered a stipulated term of a year in prison without eligibility for any reduction for the violations, said Luis Patino, a spokesman for the state parole board. Ramirez declined the offer, and the full hearing was set for Monday.
Ramirez has been in custody since May 22, when the LAPD announced he was the main suspect in the unprovoked beating of Stow, who suffered brain damage from punches and kicks by two assailants.
Beck has maintained his belief that Ramirez remains the prime suspect and his department will seek charges against him.
But Ramirez's attorneys have publically raised questions about the LAPD case.
Attorney Anthony Brooklier said a dozen witnesses, including Ramirez's 10-year-old daughter, could place Ramirez at home around the time of the beating.
According to Brooklier, a palm print left on a car by one of the suspects will prove Ramirez did not commit the crime.
LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said the department had no immediate comment on the commissioner's decision but that the Robbery-Homicide Division would continue to vigorously conduct its investigation and sift through clues that continue to come in.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Giovanni Ramirez. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department