Austin man gets 50 years for girlfriend’s murder

After a day-long hearing at which lawyers for a murder defendant argued he committed the crime under the influence of sudden passion and therefore deserved a lighter sentence, state District Judge Charlie Baird rejected the argument and sentenced Jorge Enrique Ramirez to 50 years in prison.

Ramirez had previously pleaded guilty to murder in the July fatal stabbing of his girlfriend Carmen Perez in the couple’s apartment at the Fairway Apartments, 6118 Fairway Street in Southeast Austin. Perez, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene...


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