LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Gloria Ramirez, the woman found guilty of seven counts of injury or endangerment of a child spends the first night of her 10 year sentence in jail.
Friends of Gloria Ramirez gathered at the courthouse Friday morning to pray before her fate was decided.
One friend who used to work at Christakis Burgers with Ramirez was there and told NewsChannel 11 Ramirez was working hard to be a better mother. "I just feel she wasn't given a fair opportunity," says Janie Rodriguez. She's known and worked with Ramirez for two years. "What happened in the past did happen. There's nothing she could do to go change that but with help, with the community and with all resources that she might you know overcome what has happened," adds Rodriguez.
She says there was something standing in Ramirez' way, Anthony Moya. "She looked like she was very scared of this man to me. He was a dominate person. He was very controlling," says Rodriguez. Which is something the defense tried to show throughout the trial, but the jury held on to the photographs and the testimony of Ramirez' 11-year-old daughter.
After three days, it took jurors 30 minutes behind closed doors to find her guilty of all seven counts. Twelve jurors sentenced Ramirez to the maximum jail time of 22 years and $30,000 in fines. Her sentence is concurrent and she will stay in prison for 10 years and pay a reduced fine of $10,000.
"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," says Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bassett.
Gloria Ramirez's attorney Ted Hogan issued this statement: "We are obviously disappointed in the jury's determination. This has been a tragic case from its inception. It is our sincere hope that we as a community can refocus our attention on the conditions that led us to this point, and in doing so, avoid similar tragedies in the future."
Ramirez relinquished custody of two of her nine children. CPS says a final hearing has not been set to determine if Ramirez will retain custody of her other seven children. She's expected to deliver her 10th child on June 4th and CPS says another case file will be opened as soon as the child is born.
The prosecution says Anthony Moya sat in on the trial all week and left yesterday after the verdict was read and we're told didn't return to hear his wife's sentence. He faces similar charges. His court date is set for May 25th.
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Jury gives Gloria Ramirez maximum sentenceGloria Ramierez, the woman found guilty of seven counts of injury or endangerment of a child is now booked into the Lubbock County Jail. NewsChannel 11's Brittany Pieper has the latest details.