LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Gloria Ramirez, the woman found guilty of seven counts of injury or endangerment of a child is now booked into the Lubbock County Jail. She's the Lubbock mother accused of keeping her children in filthy conditions.
The jury spent almost two hours deliberating on this sentence, and at one point even sent the judge a note asking what would happen if they could not reach a unanimous decision. They eventually did reach a decision, and sentenced Ramirez to the maximum jail time of 22 years and $30,000 in fines. She will serve those sentences concurrently, so she will actually only stay in prison for 10 years. The judge also accumulated her fine to $10,000. After the sentencing the defense asked the judge to allow Ramirez to stay out on bail until she delivers her tenth child. Her due date is just a few weeks away on June 4th. The judge denied the request, stating she will receive health care in prison.
As Ramirez left the courtroom, NewsChannel 11 asked her if she had anything she wanted to say. She hesitated, turned and said, "I do." However, we never did get to hear those final words before an officer rushed her into another room.
The prosecution says they are glad the jury decided to give her the maximum sentence. "I think the jury's verdict in this case is completely appropriate for the abuse that these children were in. You know, it's a thoughtful, considerate verdict considering all the evidence and very appropriate for the nature of this crime, the number of children and what they endured," said Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer Bassett.
The defense would not speak on camera, but said they are now considering all of their options.
The prosecution said they saw Ramirez's husband Anthony Moya at the courthouse every day during the trial, but no one we talked to saw him there today for sentencing. He faces the same charges. His trial is set for the week of May 25th.
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