A jury today convicted Charles Thomas Ramirez Jr. of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager who was changing a tire in a Fullerton alley on St. Patrick's Day 2011.
The 36-year-old could be sentenced to 51 years to life in state prison at a Dec. 13 hearing.
Ramirez's roommate was walking home from a Narcotics Anonymous meeting when two men in a Toyota Camry pulled up alongside him and demanded his cell phone, according to Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy.
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The roommate ran home, dropping his phone along the way, and Ramirez suggested they go find it when he learned what had happened, McGreevy told jurors.
The pair reached a nearby alley where Ramirez confronted teen Larry Ruiz and his friend fixing a tire. Ramirez's roommate informed those weren't the guys who tried to steal the cell phone, but Ramirez punched Ruiz anyway and then fatally shot the teen in the head with a .22-caliber gun, the prosecutor said.
Ramirez's attorney, Sperry Tavoularis of the Alternate Defender's Office, tried unsuccessfully to convince the jury it was self defense.