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December 2, 2014: Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison For Military Reservist’s Death

Greg Risling, Public Information Officer
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A man has been sentenced to seven years in state prison for last year’s fatal beating of a military reservist in Old Town Pasadena, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Fernando Sabino Ramirez, 26, of Rowland Heights was found guilty by a jury last month of one count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and involuntary manslaughter. Jurors also found true an allegation that the defendant personally inflicted a sufficient injury that left 25-year-old Joshua Martinez comatose due to a brain injury.

The victim’s family as well as members from the United States Marine Corps spoke at yesterday’s sentencing. A restitution hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

Evidence presented at trial demonstrated that Ramirez physically assaulted Martinez outside a restaurant in Old Town Pasadena on Aug. 5, 2013, while two of his accomplices, Jonas Cardenas Ramos, 26, of San Gabriel and Angel Christopher Moroyoqui, 22, of El Monte aided in the assault.

Following the altercation, the victim -- an active reservist in the Marine Corps -- was taken to a hospital where he died.

Ramos and Moroyoqui pleaded no contest to one count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. Both men were sentenced to 180 days in county jail and placed on probation for three years.

Two others, Jonathan Pierre Aquino, 26, of El Monte and Timothy Scott Coley, 24, of West Covina also pleaded no contest to the assault charge and were sentenced to three years of probation and 60 days of community service.

The case was investigated by the Pasadena Police Department.