Halloween shooter found guilty

Shot, injured friend; sentencing April 30

by: Submitted photo - Jesus Ramiro-Rodriguez

After a three-day trial, a jury has found Jesus Ramiro-Rodriguez, 31, of Madras, guilty of attempted murder and assault in a shooting incident on Halloween.
   Ramiro-Rodriguez faced numerous charges in connection with the shooting, which occurred around 11:10 p.m. Oct. 31, 2011, at a residence at 221 S.E. Ninth St.
   According to District Attorney Steve Leriche, who prosecuted the case, "He shot at someone, Jose Francisco Lopez, who was seriously injured."
   Lopez, 32, was shot in the leg with a .223 caliber assault rifle. "It went through his leg causing severe damage," said Leriche. "He lost muscle and his femur bone was shattered. To this day, he is still using crutches to walk."
   The victim was visiting Ramiro-Rodriguez when the incident occurred. The defendant fled the scene, but turned himself in at the Madras Police Department the following day.
   He was charged numerous felonies: attempted murder and first-degree assault, both Class A felonies; three counts of second-degree assault, Class B felonies; third-degree assault, a Class C felony; and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, also Class C felonies.
   Attempted murder and first-degree assault are both Measure 11 crimes, punishable by a mandatory 90 months in prison, and second-degree assault, a mandatory 70 months.
   The jury found the defendant guilty on all counts, and remanded him to the custody of the sheriff's office for sentencing on April 30, at 9 a.m. Ramiro-Rodriguez has been in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility since Nov. 1, when he turned himself in at the Madras Police Department.
   When Circuit Court Judge Annette Hillman hands down the sentence, Leriche expects that sentences for the various charges "will likely be concurrent since it was one event."
   Ramiro-Rodriguez fired the high-powered, high speed assault rifle 14 times, both inside and outside the house, in a residential neighborhood. "It's just lucky no one else was hurt," said Leriche.
   "I believe that the jury performed its duty very well by considering all the evidence and applying it to this case," Leriche continued, noting that the defendant claimed that he fired the gun in self defense, and that it was an accident.
   "He alleged that he didn't know it was a real gun," said Leriche. "He fired it 11 times in the house and in the street."
   When police responded to the report of the incident, Ramiro-Rodriguez had fled the scene.
   "He admitted to drinking beer, but he was not located until the following day, when he turned himself in to the Madras city police," Leriche said.
   "I'm very pleased with this result because I think a strong response was needed to a high-powered weapon being fired on Halloween in the city limits of Madras," he said.
   Ramiro-Rodriguez was represented by defense attorney William Condron of Prineville.