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April 19, 2013

Prison term in home invasion case

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — A Falls man, who pleaded guilty to trying to rip-off a drug dealer while the dealer’s apartment was being raided by narcotics investigators got a break in Niagara County Court on Thursday.

Michael Ramos, who has tattoo on his chest that reads “(Expletive) the Police”, told County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III he regretted what he had done.

“I’m remorseful for my inappropriate and irresponsible conduct,” Ramos said. 

His defense attorney, Robert Viola, said his client has the potential to do better.

“He is a young man,” Viola said. “He hasn’t had the greatest lot in life, but I think he is a young man with potential. He take responsibility for what he did.”

Murphy said he believed Viola was correct.

“I don’t usually make commitments (on sentences) in cases like this,” Murphy said. “But I was impressed by the letters from your friends and family and the letters I received from you. I’m going to follow through on my commitment. I believe you can change your life.”

The judge sentenced Ramos to a state prison term of 2 1/2 years for his guilty plea to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon during his encounter with the narcotics detectives. Murphy tacked on an additional 2 1/2 year term for Ramos’ guilty plea to attempted second-degree burglary in an unrelated case.

The sentences will run consecutively.

Ramos and, his codefendant Michael Loverdi, were caught packing pistols when they showed up at the door of a Third Street drug dealer on April 26, 2012. What they didn’t know was that Falls narcotics detectives were already at the dealer’s apartment, executing a search warrant.

After knocking on the apartment door, Ramos and Loverdi encountered then-Narcotics Division Lt. Bryan DalPorto at the door.

“I looked out the peep hole and there were two guys there. One was covering his face with a baseball cap and the other had his hoodie up over his head,” DalPorto said at the time. “You could tell they were up to no good.”

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