Modified: June 29, 2012 4:11pm
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that that 33 year old Amiclar Ramos, aka “Gotto” was convicted of Robbery in the 1st Degree and Burglary in the 1st Degree, as charged, after a jury trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang. These are the highest charges for which defendant could have been convicted.
On May 14, 2011, Ramos, along with his co-defendant, 29 year old Clarence Scarver, aka “C” (who was also convicted, as charged, after a separate jury trial earlier this year), invaded the home of a Sidney St. family in the City of Buffalo. Armed with handguns, the defendants restrained, pistol-whipped and terrorized the residents, which included three children. The apparent motive was theft, as the defendants forcibly stole money and other property during the home invasion.
Ramos, who was represented by attorney and Buffalo City Court candidate Earl Key, is a prior violent felon, having been previously convicted of Robbery in the Second Degree on January 9, 1998. Scarver, who was represented by attorney Giovanni Genovese, is also a prior violent felon, having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Loaded Firearm in the Third Degree on May 16, 2007; additionally, Scarver was on parole at the time of the home invasion.
District Attorney Sedita praised the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Michael Felicetta who successfully prosecuted both defendants at separate trials, stating: “because of ADA Felicetta’s dedication and professionalism, two dangerous thugs have been brought to justice and will hopefully serve lengthy prison sentences.”
Ramos is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26, 2012 by Justice Wolfgang. Scarver was sentenced on May 16, 2012 by Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to 50 years in state prison. As a prior violent felon, Ramos faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in state prison.