SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 23, 2013

Woman to serve two months in beating

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — BEVERLY — A 22-year-old woman with a history of violence was ordered to serve two months in jail for the beating of her disabled neighbor outside a Beverly apartment complex earlier this year.

Saranyeliz Ramirez, who now lives in Lawrence, was sentenced to 14 months in jail but ordered to serve just two. She has already been given credit for one of those two months, when she was held awaiting sentencing on the charge of assault and battery.

The sentence imposed Monday afternoon by Salem District Court Judge Michael Uhlarik was just a fraction of the time sought by prosecutor Patrick Collins, who urged the judge to impose a 21/2 year jail term with 18 months to be served for what he called a “brutal” beating.

The victim, who underwent reconstructive surgery to her face after the May incident, left the court in tears.

The woman, who suffers from partial paralysis after suffering strokes, testified last month during Ramirez’s trial that Ramirez was angered when the woman snubbed her. The woman accused Ramirez of stealing medications from her apartment.

The two women exchanged words, and then, said the victim, Ramirez grabbed the glasses from her face. When the woman told Ramirez she was calling the police, Ramirez shoved her to the ground and began beating her, she said.

During the trial, Ramirez’s attorney, Mark Barry, argued that Ramirez acted in self-defense against the victim, who is taller. But Ramirez, who was on probation for a 2012 incident in Lawrence at the time of her trial, opted not to take the stand, so jurors were not allowed to consider self-defense.

Barry told the judge last month during the first part of the sentencing hearing that Ramirez has been in counseling and is trying to regain custody of her child. He asked for probation for Ramirez.

The sentencing Monday came after a pre-sentencing investigation requested by the judge.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.