Tucsonan gets 1.5 years for kidnapping and domestic violence

2013-09-14T00:00:00Z Tucsonan gets 1.5 years for kidnapping and domestic violenceArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A man who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend then led police on a high-speed chase was sentenced to a year and a half in prison.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey McGinley sentenced Ozziel Ramirez, 20, Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in August to kidnapping, a domestic violence charge and fleeing from police.

Tucson police arrested Ramirez in May after he confronted his ex-girlfriend at a south-side convenience store and forced her into his car by simulating a weapon. He then drove around the Tucson area with her for 18 hours, said Deputy County Attorney Ellen Brown. Brown said he had threatened and stalked the woman.

After police tried to contact Ramirez, he led them on a chase, at times exceeding 100 mph.

Ramirez’s attorney, Staci Vierthaler, denied Ramirez stalked his ex-girlfriend. Vierthaler argued that while her client was wrong to force the woman into his car, she was free to leave. She said the woman had refueled Ramirez’s car during the 18 hours they spent driving around town.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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