CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – A Charlottesville jury says a 34-year-old Georgia man is guilty of malicious wounding for his role in the attack on DeAndre Harris.
Jurors in Charlottesville Circuit Court went into deliberations in Alex Michael Ramos’ care shortly before 3:30 p.m Thursday, May 3. They handed down their verdict a little after 4 p.m.
The jury then considered a punishment for Ramos, which entailed possible fines and a sentencing of somewhere between five and 20 years behind bars. The jury came back with a decision around 5:45 p.m., and recommended a six-year sentence with no fine.
Harris, a former Suffolk resident who still has family in Hampton Roads, was recently found not guilty of assault in connection to the August 2017 rally.
Ramos, Daniel Patrick Borden, Tyler Watkins Davis, and Jacob Scott Goodwin were all arrested in connection to the violent incident inside the Market Street Parking Garage on August 12, 2017. Borden is facing one count of felonious assault, while the other three defendants were charged with malicious wounding.
Defense attorney Jay Joyce had asked the jury to find Ramos guilty of assault and battery instead, which would carry a jail term of no more than 1 year. During opening statements, Joyce acknowledged that his client took a “cheap shot” at Harris, hitting him in the head.
Assistant Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina-Alice Antony argued Ramos not only punched Harris’ head, but also jumped on his leg.
Antony and Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph Platania called a total of five witnesses during the two-day trial.
Harris and Charlottesville Sheriff James Brown testified for the commonwealth Wednesday. Evan Pryse, a nurse practitioner at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, was called to testify Thursday morning. He had treated Harris’ injuries from the alleged attack, as well as testified during Goodwin’s trial.
Pryse said none of Harris’ injuries were life-threatening, but that he appeared dazed and confused when he arrived at the hospital.
Jurors heard testimony Thursday from a community police officer, who said he broke up the incident inside the parking garage, and Charlottesville police detective Declan Hickey. The detective helped to positively identify Ramos, as well as Goodwin, and walked the jury through video evidence of what happened that day.
Joyce did not call any witnesses or present any evidence. He did cross examine the commonwealth’s witnesses.
A separate jury found Goodwin guilty of malicious wounding Tuesday, May 1. He is expected to be sentenced on August 23.
Borden’s two-day jury trial is set to begin June 5.
Davis’ trial is scheduled to take three days. Jurors will hear that case starting July 16.