The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:
Ubaldo Ramirez Davila, 25, was sentenced Tuesday in Mendocino County Superior Court to 24 years and four months in state prison for the 2018 fatal shooting of his father and brother.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies, local firefighters and CHP officers on July 2, 2018 rushed to the shooting site near a turn-off to the Golden Rule community on the Ridgewood Grade. First responders found a maroon Chevrolet pickup truck stopped in a traffic lane with two men inside, one dead and one critically injured. The critically injured victim succumbed two days later in a Santa Rosa hospital.
Ramirez, a sometimes Covelo resident, became a suspect early in the investigation. Deputies arrested him in the early morning hours of July 3 north of Covelo after receiving tips as to his whereabouts.
Ramirez admitted that while sitting as a passenger in the backseat of the pickup he shot and killed his father, Calixto Ramirez Guererro of Covelo, 51 years, as well as his brother, Miguel Angel Ramirez Davila of Eureka, 32.
Ramirez eventually entered guilty pleas to two counts of voluntary manslaughter. He also admitted two special allegations alleging that he personally used a firearm to inflict death on both family members. Voluntary manslaughter is generally defined as an intentional killing in which the offender had not formed a prior intent to kill, such as a killing that occurs because of a sudden quarrel.
Any credits the defendant may attempt to earn towards early release are limited to no more than 15 percent of his overall sentence, meaning Ramirez must serve 20 ½ years before being eligible for parole. Plans are for the defendant to be deported to Mexico upon the completion of his prison sentence.
The law enforcement agency primarily responsible for investigating and gathering the evidence to sustain the defendant’s convictions was the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. District Attorney David Eyster prosecuted the case.
The District Attorney cited the work for the prosecution of Rick Blumberg, Ph.D., Ubaldo F. Ramires, Ph.D., and the staff of the Redwood Coast Regional Center.