LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - He was only 16 when he fired shots at a Lubbock police officer, but that wasn't enough to spare Cody Ramirez life in prison.
"That's my brother!" could be heard outside the courtroom shortly after the verdict Thursday afternoon. The woman who was obviously upset refused to get off an elevator that sheriff's deputies were using to take Ramirez back to the 1st floor.
NewsChannel 11 asked "Cody, do you have anything to say?" Ramirez's answer was "I'll give y'all a reason to give me f****** life!"
Police say in December 2006, Ramirez participated in an armed robbery and was chased by an officer on foot. Police say he shot at the officer nine times. The officer was not seriously hurt.
Ramirez' defense claims that the young man had no choice but to participate because his uncle threatened to kill him otherwise. Jurors took little stock in that claim and it took them only three hours to decide that his punishment should be life in prison. This is the same jury that convicted him on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Sunshine Stanek says, "This case is so important for the protection of society because it's about disrespecting law enforcement. And it's the hard working people of law enforcement that keep this community safe."
Ramirez was 16 at the time of the crime but he was certified to stand trial as an adult.
Cody Ramirez found guilty of aggravated assault of public servant
It took a Lubbock jury less than an hour to find a Lubbock teen guilty in the aggravated assault of a public servant.