Ramirez brother back in court; bond set at $500,000

2014-05-05T16:30:00Z 2014-11-17T17:20:04Z Ramirez brother back in court; bond set at $500,000By EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Billings judge on Monday set bond at $500,000 for a convicted robber who prosecutors say has repeatedly dodged authorities while stacking up felony charges in multiple counties.

Jason Lee Ramirez, 32, the brother of a man shot and killed by Billings police on April 14, appeared in Yellowstone County District Court on Monday morning on a $500,000 bench warrant after being arrested Thursday for alleged probation violations, only days after being released from jail when he posted a $100,000 bond.

He is facing at least seven felony charges from last year in Yellowstone County and Gallatin County. He is accused of theft, drug possession and failing to register as a violent offender.

Judge Gregory Todd continued Ramirez’s bond at $500,000, in addition to any previously posted bonds. Ramirez faces a June 30 probation violation hearing for a 2003 felony robbery.

His probation officer, Amanda Roos, is recommending he be given a new sentence of five years to the state department of corrections, to run in addition to his five-year suspended sentence in a 2010 felony drug case — and in addition to any sentences he receives for more felony convictions.

Until Ramirez can get treatment for his drug addiction and take responsibility for his actions, “he will continue to pose a major safety risk to himself and to the community,” Roos said in a court filing.

Ramirez also made an appearance Monday afternoon in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a Gallatin County arrest warrant. He was charged last year in that county with methamphetamine possession and stealing a motorcycle in April 2013. His trial in that case is scheduled for Aug. 28, according to the Gallatin County Clerk of Court’s office.

In Yellowstone County, Ramirez faces a 2013 charge of failing to register as a violent offender for his robbery conviction. He also faces three felony drug charges and a count of felony theft in a separate case from last year.

His trial in those cases is scheduled for June 24.

His brother, 38-year-old Richard Ramirez, was shot and killed by Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison last month in the area of Fifth Avenue South and State Avenue on the South Side.

Richard Ramirez, who was later found to be unarmed, was the suspect in an armed robbery, according to police. The shooting is under internal investigation by the department.

According to a court filing, Morrison was involved with an attempted arrest of Jason Ramirez on Feb. 6, 2013.

Ramirez eluded officers, but Morrison found two BB guns, which looked like real handguns, and a digital scale in the man’s car.

Officers arrested Ramirez on March 12 after a high-speed chase involving the owner of a motorcycle he stole, according to prosecutors.

The chase came to an end at the intersection of Hemlock Drive and Clayton Street in Lockwood, where the owner of the motorcycle and another man held Ramirez on the ground until officers arrived.

According to an incident report, Ramirez asked the men to let him go because he had drugs on him. Four of Ramirez’s outstanding felony charges stem from the incident.

When Jason Ramirez appeared in court April 21 on a $30,000 warrant, a prosecutor said the man had tried to get away from the U.S. Marshals on a motorcycle, and had two stolen motorcycles, meth and prescription pills when they arrested him.

It was not immediately clear Monday if Ramirez could face additional charges stemming from his arrest on that warrant.

Another member of the Ramirez family, Daniel Ramirez, is wanted by the United States Marshals Service’s Montana Violent Offender Task Force based on a felony arrest warrant for possession of dangerous drugs and for burglary.

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