A Fort Worth man accused of participating in the robbery and fatal shooting of a Godley grandmother has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Jose "Kilo Joe" Ramos, 29, pleaded guilty to capital murder in exchange for the life sentence after reaching a plea deal with Johnson County prosecutors in the 2010 death of Nancy Weatherly, 61.
Weatherly was killed during a two-county crime spree that also left Ben E. Keith deliveryman Ruben Martinez, 28, fatally wounded. Ramos reached a plea deal with Tarrant County prosecutors in the Martinez case and was also sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Ramos had been facing the death sentence in both cases. Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna said prosecutors agreed to the deal because it was clear that co-defendant Mark Anthony Soliz was the triggerman in both cases. Soliz was handed the death penalty by a Johnson County jury.
"We satisfied ourselves that Ramos was not the shooter; he was not the triggerman," Hanna said Monday. "We felt like life without parole was the appropriate thing to do in that case."
Weatherly and Martinez were shot on June 29, 2010.