Caldwell teen who stabbed mother to be sentenced Tuesday

May 6, 2013 

A schizophrenic teenager who stabbed his mother 11 times last September will face a judge for sentencing Tuesday.

Jeremiah E. Ramirez, 18, was 17 when he attacked his mother with a knife last year in her Caldwell home.

Ramirez has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and told officers that he heard voices telling him he needed to kill his mother. He also admitted to smoking “spice,” or synthetic marijuana, the evening before the attack.

Mildred Nava Ramirez, 42, was stabbed in the arm, chest, and head before calling 911 for help. Responding officers broke down the door and arrested the younger Ramirez at gunpoint.

Ramirez said he was confused about what had happened, but was not sorry, according to court documents.

The teen was originally charged with attempted murder, but the charge was later changed to aggravated battery. An attempted murder charge would have required prosecutors to prove that Ramirez had intended to kill his mother, according to the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office. Both charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

The aggravated battery charge originally included a weapons component that would have added five years to Ramirez’ sentence. He accepted a plea bargain in March that dropped the weapons charge in exchange for a guilty plea.

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