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Man gets 10 years for brutal attack

Wilson-Ramirez cut his ex-girlfriend's throat

A Gresham man who federal marshals arrested at a local strip club last year will spend 10 years in prison for trying to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Michael Wilson-Ramirez, 30, whose last known address was on Southwest Willow Parkway in Gresham, pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 11, to attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Last October, he visited his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend's Northeast Portland home and slit her throat. When she grabbed the knife to defend herself, he cut off two of her fingers and stabbed her in the back.

Knowing that Wilson-Ramirez had friends and family in East Multnomah County and that he liked to frequent strip clubs, officers stopped at the Dream On Saloon during their search for him. It was at the strip club off Southeast 159th Avenue and Stark Street where Portland police and federal marshals arrested him on Oct. 13.

At the time, law enforcement officials said it was a miracle the victim survived such a brutal attack. Doctors reattached the woman's severed fingers and stitched closed her slashed throat.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed three counts of first-degree assault and one court of second-degree assault in exchange for Wilson-Ramirez pleading guilty to attempted murder and first-degree assault.

On Monday, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Linda L. Bergman sentenced him to 10 years in prison, as well as three years of post-prison supervision.

Wilson-Ramirez's criminal record includes convictions for assault, menacing, distribution/possession of a controlled substance and assault on a public safety officer.

He also was on parole for fourth-degree domestic violence assault when he tried to kill his ex-girlfriend and had stopped reporting to his parole officer a few weeks before.