New Jersey woman who killed twin sister sobs in court, begs family for forgiveness as she’s jailed six years
A dying Anna Ramirez named her identical twin sister Amanda Ramirez as her killer
‘Devoted’ mother-of-three, Anna Ramirez, was murdered by her twin sister Amanda of Camden, NJ, on June 22
Amanda initially denied involvement despite blood evidence – then a changed her story three times before claiming she acted in self defense after her sister came at her with a knife
The 27-year-old twins had an “unbreakable” bond before Amanda stabbed Anna once in the chest after a heavy night drinking
Their family pleading for leniency at sentencing told Judge Edward McBride that they were grieving two losses, one to death and the other in prison
Amanda Ramirez [photo], of Camden, NJ, who stabbed her identical twin sister to death during a boozy brawl in June was jailed for six years Thursday
The New Jersey woman who stabbed her identical twin sister to death during a boozy brawl was jailed for six years Thursday — despite her family begging for her to come home early, insisting it would help them heal the loss.
“This hurts me deeply, but I need her to help me cope,” Bianca Medina, 16, pleaded in Camden County Superior Court as her sister Amanda Ramirez was sentenced for killing twin Anna.
Medina insisted the 27-year-old twins had an “unbreakable” bond before Amanda stabbed Anna once in the chest after a heavy night drinking in Camden on June 22.
She told Judge Edward McBride that the family was grieving two losses — one to death and the other in prison, according to the report.
“You hold my sister’s life in your hands, so please be gentle,” she pleaded during Thursday’s sentencing, NJ.com said.
Another sister, Monica Medina, 19, also addressed the court, pointing out the added heartache for the twins’ children, with Amanda having a two-year-old daughter and Anna three kids. “I’m hoping you can see her in a different light,” the older Medina said as she also asked for leniency, according to the report. Related Articles: New Jersey woman charged with stabbing and killing her identical twin sister, initially denied involvement despite blood evidence ‘Devoted’ mother-of-three, Anna […]
Defense attorney, Jordan Zeitz, noted that it was a desire shared by the whole family, the report said.
“The sentence you are going to impose is going to pale in comparison to the life sentence she’s already serving,” said Zeitz, who blamed postpartum depression for his client’s out-of-character attack.
“We would ask that you follow what the family wants – to get her back to them so they can heal quicker.”
Even prosecutor Peter Gallagher noted the “extraordinary set of circumstances” in the case.
“The person who took Anna’s life is the person who by all accounts was closer to her than anyone on this planet,” Gallagher told the court.
Ramirez pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter in September, claiming she does not remember what sparked the fight that ended with her stabbing her sister in the chest.
Amanda Ramirez [photo], broke down in tears as she addressed the court before her sentencing Thursday, begging for her family’s forgiveness. She will serev five years and a month before she’s eligible for parole
She broke down in tears as she addressed the court before her sentencing Thursday, further begging for her family’s forgiveness.
“I know there’s nothing I can say to justify what I did,” she sobbed.
“I just want to make it clear that I never had intentions of taking my twin sister’s life. If I could take back what I did I would in a heartbeat.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my twin. And having to live with the fact that she’s no longer alive is devastating,” she said, with tears running down her face.
“I just want to apologize to my family for putting them through this. I hope that they all can forgive me.”
Judge McBride told the court he believed the killing was an “aberration” for Ramirez — but also noted she had initially lied to police, saying she found her sister stabbed.
She later said her sister died as they struggled over a knife the dead woman brought out, the report said.
After her arrest, an aunt of the twins revealed that their mom said they’d been fighting over Anna’s boyfriend, although the aunt wasn’t sure about the extent of the man’s relationship with Amanda.
“They went to a party, they came home, they were drinking, they were arguing about a boyfriend,” Blanca Class said.
“[Amanda] just went on a crazy trip, stabbed [Anna] and killed her.”
A 12-year-old neighbor who witnessed the slaying outside the sisters’ family home at the Centennial Village Apartments, a federally subsidized, low-income housing complex.
The girl said the twins “were both drunk and arguing on the porch.”
“There was a guy with them. Anna said to the guy, ‘I’m tired of her,’” the neighbor said.
Amanda went inside and returned with a knife, the girl said, then “grabbed Anna by the head and pushed her on the ground and started stabbing her.”
The victim Anna [left] is seen with her alleged killer, twin sister Amanda [right] and their cousin [center]
The sentence of six years in prison was higher than the family called for, but at the lower end of the five to ten-year sentencing range for the second-degree murder.
Ramirez will have to serve five years and one month before being eligible for parole, NJ.com said.