Grant County Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison
Marisa Lloyd

Grant County Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. Attorney's Office- Eastern Dist. of WA

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Rodolfo Ramirez, Jr., age 36, of Moses Lake, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty on June 30, 2021, to Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Ramirez to an 84-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 3-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.  Judge Rice also imposed a 24-month term of imprisonment, to run consecutive to the sentence imposed in the firearm case, after finding that Ramirez violated court supervision stemming from a previous conviction for felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, on December 21, 2019, law enforcement officers in Moses Lake, Washington responded to a report of a drive-by shooting.  At the scene, officers were notified that an individual, subsequently identified as Ramirez, fled the scene after discharging multiple rounds of ammunition at another person.  One of the rounds Ramirez discharged pierced the wall of a residence and entered a bedroom where a child was sleeping.  When arrested, Ramirez admitted discharging his firearm at the person. 

Acting United States Attorney Harrington said, “The actions of Ramirez placed the victim and innocent by-standers in grave danger.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is dedicated to seeking lengthy prison sentences for anyone involved in acts of violence.  I commend the law enforcement officers with Moses Lake Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who investigated this case.” 

This case was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  PSN is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to specifically identify the criminals responsible for violent crime in the Eastern District of Washington and pursue criminal prosecution.

This case was investigated by the Spokane Resident Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Moses Lake Police Department, and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by James A. Goeke and Patrick J. Cashman, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington. 

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