Anthony Martin Ramos broke down in a Ramsey County courtroom yesterday, filled with remorse and sorrow after admitting his role in a truly pathetic crime: Beating and robbing a 16-year-old autistic kid of everything he had, including the ginger ale he was drinking.
Those tears are a little late.[jump]
The autistic kid had gone to fetch supplies for making Christmas cookies with his mom on Dec. 23 when he was lured into the beat down from a Cub Foods restroom in the Sunray shopping center by a guy he thought was his friend.
But instead of hanging out behind the Conway Recreation Center, like his friend promised, he was handcuffed, tormented, punched and robbed by Ramos, Tiffany Ann Clock, 21, and Trenton Eugene Johnson, 22, and two other juveniles. According to court testimony, didn't even fight back.
Then Ramos leveled a BB gun at his cheek and fired. Twice.
Maybe Ramos really meant it when he told Judge Salvador Rosas yesterday that he was freaking out as he dug the pellets out of the kid's face, because he didn't think the gun was loaded.
Maybe the judge will take into consideration the story that Ramos's lawyer tells about the brain injury at he suffered at 13; or how his mother says he was already living at a group home complex, which is where he met Clock.
We'll see. The charges -- first-degree robbery and kidnapping for the purpose to terrorize -- carry a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.
Ramos will be sentenced on May 20.
The site of the beat down: