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Daniel Ramos Gets Seven Years In Prison For Robbing Quality Foods With A Toy Gun

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 41-year-old St. Croix man was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to seven years in prison for his involvement in an armed robbery of a food service company, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In U.S. District Court in Estate Golden Rock, Daniel Ramos was given seven years in prison for using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and 33 months in prison for interference with commerce by robbery, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis ordered that the sentences be served consecutively.

Lewis also sentenced Ramos to two terms of supervised release to be served concurrently, and to pay a special monetary assessment of $200.

Ramos pleaded guilty to the crimes on January 14, 2016.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on June 21, 2014, Ramos and his co-defendant, Edigberto Diaz, armed with handguns, entered Quality Foods located at Estate Castle Coakley. They went into an office area, pointed their handguns at two individuals, and demanded that they open the safe.

The defendant and co-defendant removed deposit bags containing $24,289.17 in cash and checks from the safe. They also took cellular telephones, a music player, a laptop computer, a checkbook, and backpacks from the victims. Diaz, who carried a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun with an obliterated serial number, was shot at the scene by police.

Ramos carried a toy gun and fled the scene. He was recognized on a surveillance video and arrested.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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