OAKLAND — A man who admitted to being in “good standing” with an East Oakland gang as Antioch officers arrested him for carrying a pistol and a 50-round drum magazine was sentenced to six years in federal prison this week.
Angel Ramirez, 27, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam, two months after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Ramirez was charged last November, in connection with his July 2020 arrest in Antioch.
According to police, an Antioch officer stopped Ramirez near the Williamson Ranch Plaza for speeding, and Ramirez “exited the vehicle and began yelling at the officer” before locking himself inside the car. After convincing him to come out, authorities detained him and searched the black Infinity sedan, discovering the gun and the magazine, which was loaded with four rounds.
Police identified Ramirez as an East Oakland gang member by a Burberry “B” that was tattooed several times on his face, and he admitted to being in “good standing” with the gang. He had a prior gun possession conviction as well as convictions for allegedly attacking family members, prosecutors said in court records.
Ramirez’s attorney wrote in court records he was abused throughout his childhood and started using hard drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine at the young age of 14.
“He was literally born into a family of drug dealers and gang members who were more than happy to introduce him to their lifestyle when he was only 6 or 7 years old,” assistant public defender Jerome Matthews wrote in a sentencing memo.
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Author: Nate Gartrell