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Report: Oxford Man Pleads No Contest in Fatal Crash Case

Eric Ramirez entered the plea as part of a deal reached with prosecutors, the Republican-American reports.

Eric Ramirez leaves a prior appearance at Superior Court in Derby with family. Credit: Patch File Photo
Eric Ramirez leaves a prior appearance at Superior Court in Derby with family. Credit: Patch File Photo
Eric Ramirez is facing jail time under a plea bargain reached with prosecutors.

According to an article by the Republican-American, the 21-year-old entered a no contest plea Monday in Derby Superior Court. When Ramirez returns to court for sentencing on March 24, the RA reports, he'll face 18 months in prison suspended after nine served, followed by two years of probation.

Ramirez has been standing trial on charges of felony misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit and two equipment citations, which stem from a car crash that claimed the life of his friend and 15-year-old Oxford resident, Brandon Giordano.

Giordano's mother, Angela Borrelli, has said she hopes Ramirez is spared prison time. "I think that he’s already living in his own internal jail," Borrelli told the Valley Independent Sentinel.

According to reports previously published by Patch, the accident happened on March 9, 2012, when Ramirez fled from a Seymour police officer, who was attempting to pull him over for having illegal blue lights beaming from the undercarriage of his 2000 Ford Mustang.

Ramirez reportedly led the officer on a chase from Seymour into Oxford on Route 67 before turning off his lights and driving down Old State Road 67 at a high rate of speed. Police have said the car hit an embankment, launched nearly 60 feet in the air and hit the side of a building before landing upside down.

Giordano was pronounced dead on the scene. Ramirez, who was 19 at the time of the accident, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, as did 16-year-old Dion Major.

Seymour Police—and specifically Anthony Renaldi, the officer who engaged Ramirez in pursuit—came under fire following the tragedy. But the department's internal affairs investigation released in May 2012 cleared Renaldi of any wrongdoing.

Giordano's death—a first for the relatively new Oxford High School—shocked the community, but it also resulted in an outpouring of love and support, with vigils held and a scholarship fund established.

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