Life in prison for Amsterdam murderer
AMSTERDAM The Amsterdam man who brutally murdered Cheryl Goss and William McDermott listened to an outpouring of vitriol Wednesday in Montgomery County Court and then was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Ivan Ramos, 31, showed no emotion as family members of the victims described the impact of losing loved ones who had never hurt anyone.
Sarah McDermott held back tears as she described the impact her father’s murder will have on her children and she told Ramos, who goes by the street name “Big Man,” that he isn’t a man at all.
“You’re a disgusting man, coward. You needed your nickname to make you feel big. You know you’re not a real man, let alone a big man,” she said.
Ramos quickly became a prime suspect in the case after McDermott, 56, and Goss, 46, were found dead of multiple stab wounds inside McDermott’s Locust Avenue apartment March 2, 2012. The day after the killing, he was arrested and jailed on a stolen property possession charge, while police gathered evidence against him in the murder case during a months-long investigation.
During trial, District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy outlined a laundry list of evidence including Ramos’ handprint in McDermott’s blood in two spots at the crime scene. Police also found Ramos’ blood on a crack pipe inside a closed dresser drawer at the death scene.
Ramos’ blood was found following footprints that led away from McDermott’s apartment, and police also found a pair of Ramos’ Nike sneakers that had chunks of the soles sliced off. They also found a bag of freshly cleaned laundry containing gray sweat pants witnesses said Ramos wore the night of the killing.
When investigators asked what had become of the camouflage jacket that he wore that night, Ramos said he had given it to a man named “Nutters,” who turned out to be a fictional character.
“I hate you and I don’t even know you,” said Erin Connelly, McDermott’s other daughter.
“To look at you disgusts me ... I will never understand how you could do this to my father,” she said. “How do I explain to my little boy what happened to Papa Bill. He says, ‘Mommy, a monster hurt him?’ I said ‘Yes, a monster.’ ”
Goss’ daughters, who over the past year gave birth to children who will never meet their grandmother, each had choice words for Ramos.
“I hate your guts. I hope you rot in prison,” said Kelly Faboskay. The day of the murders, before police even confirmed her mother was dead, she stood outside the murder scene and said she was convinced Ramos had killed her.
She said she still can’t sleep and relives the murders daily after seeing blood-soaked video footage of the police investigation.
“I knew you murdered my mother and I’m glad they caught you,” Kelly Faboskay said.
Hope Faboskay said her child is acting out now and cries every night.
“You took a lot from us. A year before that, I lost my father,” she said.
“You disgust me, I hate you. I hope you suffer. I hope you rot in jail the rest of your life,” she said.
District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy described Ramos as an “animal.”
He said normally, wild animals shun human contact.
“Occasionally a wild animal crosses the line and invades humanity. When that happens, the wild animal has to be dealt with, the wild animal has to be dispatched,” he said.
“Ivan Ramos is an animal. The only thing remotely human about him is he has an opposable thumb,” Conboy said.
“He started as a petty punk and he graduated into a full-blown murderer,” Conboy said, before asking Judge Felix Catena to impose the maximum sentence.
When offered an opportunity to speak, Ramos voiced several inaudible thoughts, said he wasn’t guilty of the murders then accused Conboy of texting in court and Catena of sleeping during the trial.
Catena said he was not sleeping during the trial, then he outlined several factors influencing the sentence. These included the “brutal and sadistic nature” of the two murders, the harm caused to the families and communities, and Ramos’ “unrepentant attitude.”
Catena told Ramos he is incapable of living in a society where people obey simple rules, then imposed a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for each first-degree murder count.
Catena also imposed a sentence of 31⁄2 to seven years on a count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.