A 34-year-old father of two was shot dead last month after a soft judge released a suspected teenage gang member after his third gun arrest in four months, it has been revealed.
Alberto Ramirez, 16, is accused of shooting Eric Velasquez to death in Fordham, the Bronx, on May 16, after he allegedly opened fire on a crowd.
Now it’s revealed that a series of shortcomings on the part of a New York City judge allowed Ramirez to be out on the street the day he allegedly killed the 34-year-old.
Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle recently helped free the teen on two recent gun possession occasions — once by releasing him without bail and once lowering bail from $75,000 to $10,000 cash or $25,000 bail.
He also twice ignored prosecutors’ pleas to indict Ramirez as an adult, instead referring the cases to family court, the court said. New York Post.
Ramirez’s most recent gun-related arrest was on February 23 due to an incident on February 8.
A 34-year-old father of two was shot dead last month after a soft judge released a suspected teenage gang member after his third gun arrest in four months, it has been revealed. Alberto Ramirez, 16, (seen in mug) charged with shooting Eric Velasquez
Sources told the Post that the 16-year-old accidentally shot himself in the foot while walking near rival gang grass.
Ramirez allegedly lied to police about the incident, claiming he was shot by three men who confronted him in the street.
When surveillance footage showed he had shot himself in the foot, he was arrested and charged with reckless danger, criminal possession of weapons and falsely reporting an incident, the sources said.
He was held on $75,000 bail — an amount that means it’s possible he would still be behind bars on May 16.
But Boyle lowered the bail on March 2 and his family posted the bail a few weeks later, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office told the Post.
About a month after he walked free, he allegedly shot and killed Velasquez.
Velasquez was steps from his apartment when a bullet hit him in the stomach.
He died in hospital hours later after police said he refused to hand over information about his killer.
Ramirez was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and two counts of criminal weapons possession.
Velasquez (pictured with son) was just steps from his apartment when a bullet struck him in the stomach. He died hours later in the hospital
Ramirez was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and two counts of criminal weapons possession. Velasquez with his son
His arrest in February was the third since December, in which the teen walked free.
Ramirez was first arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon during an October shooting spree, the Post reported.
The teen reportedly dropped a loaded gun into a Bronx apartment and the weapon went off, firing at a neighboring apartment.
Police found three firearms in the home.
In this case, the prosecutors allegedly agreed to transfer the case to the family court.
In December, Ramirez was arrested again and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after police found him in possession of a .25-caliber handgun, the Post reported.
Boyle let Ramirez roam free without any bail.
Now it’s revealed that a series of failings on the part of a New York City judge allowed Ramirez to be out on the street the day he allegedly killed the 34-year-old. Bronx Civil Supreme Court
This decision came even after bail was set at $2,000 — a fraction of the $25,000 cash or $70,000 bail demanded by prosecutors.
Law enforcement officers criticized Boyle for his handling of the teen’s various gun arrests, with one accusing the judge of giving Ramirez “enough rope to hang himself.”
“Here’s a boy who got a gun, got another gun, got another gun,” said another source.
How many bites of the apple does someone get before someone gets killed? In this case it was three.’
Boyle has come under fire in the past for other controversial decisions.
The judge was hit last year after he released murder suspect Jordon Benjamin last March due to COVID-19.
Benjamin was behind bars for the Christmas Eve 2019 attack on 60-year-old Juan Fresnada, who died of his injuries days later.
Nine months after he was released by Boyle, he is said to have stabbed a young woman in the stomach with a knife.
This incident came two decades after Boyle signed a plea deal to release homeless Ishmael Holmes after a sexual assault on a woman in the Bronx.
340 East 184th Street in Fordham Heights, where Velasquez was allegedly shot by Ramirez
The judge allowed him to return to a shelter and receive therapy.
Holmes allegedly assaulted eight women on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in the months that followed before he was arrested again in 2020.
An appeal to the Bronx Supreme Court by DailyMail.com went unanswered late Wednesday.
Velasquez’s death comes amid a crime wave in New York City, with both shootings and shootings rising 68 percent so far in 2021 compared to the same time last year.
A total of 13 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, including: a 15-year-old boy who was murdered in the Bronx.
Fears are growing that the city is harking back to the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s, when murders and shootings were rife and it was nicknamed “Fear City.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo has admitted that New York City is now in the throes of a “major crime problem” that – if not addressed quickly – could cause irreparable damage to the Big Apple.