95 year sentence for MS-13 gang member in robbery spree

Josselin Ramirez, 20. Photo credit: Montgomery Count State's Attorney's Office

ROCKVILLE, MD. — An MS-13 gang member was sentenced to the maximum penalty for her role in a robbery spree in Montgomery County, that also stretched elsewhere in the state and into Virginia.

Josselin Ramirez, 20, was sentenced to 95 years in prison.

Prosecutors said for three robberies between September 2017 and November 2017, Ramirez would scope out potential businesses to rob and following the robberies she would clean the guns to remove any possible evidence. She was also one of the people responsible for wiring the stolen money back to MS-13 in El Salvador.

“It’s a long time to think about the crimes that she did,” said Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office Spokesperson Ramon Korionoff. “It’s just as culpable in the conspiracy to commit armed robbery as those people who robbed the stores themselves.”

Ramirez was on trial for the crimes last week, but just before the closing arguments started, she pled guilty to gang activity and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

During the trial, prosecutors brought up Ramirez’s other alleged gang activity. They said she allegedly played a role in ordering two murders, including that of a police officer, in her home country of El Salvador and, at the time she was arrested, was working on a third, in order to get promoted within the gang.

“It’s shocking that a young lady, the age of 20, is responsible for trying to kill these individuals. She admitted in an interview that she was part of a set up in those two murders,” added Korionoff.

When asked if she had anything to say, Ramirez told the judge, through an interpreter, “No,” because “there are so many against me”.

Ramirez’s attorney argued that she should get a light sentence because when it is over she will be deported back to El Salvador.

“To have her go back to live as a free woman in her original country of origin, does not sit well with a vast majority of people where they believe she should be held responsible for this crime,” countered Korionoff.

Ramirez is eligible to apply for parole consideration after serving a quarter of her sentence.

However, the judge left open the possibility that she could receive a lesser sentence. After handing down the 95 years, he asked Ramirez if she would be giving up the gang life. She responded in the affirmative and the judge said that in five years time he would revisit the sentence and may consider lowering it if she has stayed true to her word.

Ramirez still faces charges for the alleged robberies that the gang committed in Prince George’s County and Virginia.