The re-sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Nathan Ramazzini, initially slated to begin next week, will be rescheduled at the request of the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office.
The new dates for Ramazzini’s re-sentencing will be determined during a proceeding on June 27 at the Colusa County Superior Courthouse.
District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp said he requested to have the hearing rescheduled, in part, because he had requested Ramazzini’s prison records, and had yet to receive records from three or four years of his incarceration.
“Our position is that we’ve got ‘em where we want him – in prison,” Beauchamp said.
In 1997, Ramazzini, then 16, and Leopoldo “Leo” Contreras, then 19, were arrested after they killed 16-year-old Eric Ingebretson and left his body at a remote location on the east side of the Sacramento River, about a mile north of Colusa. Ingebretsen’s body was found there two days later. Contreras accepted a plea bargain from prosecutors and was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison. Ramazzini, who prosecutors believe was the driving force behind the killing, was tried as an adult. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in July 1998. Nearly 20 years on, Ramazzini is attempting to have his LWOP sentence recalled and reduced to a 25-year sentence.
A large showing of area residents opposed to Ramazzini getting a reduced sentence was expected at this week’s re-sentencing hearing, prior to it being rescheduled. Ingebretsen’s sister, Devin Lombardi, said that she was confident in the district attorney’s office, and their decision to ask for a continuance.
“Matt (Beauchamp) and (Chief Deputy District Attorney) Brendan (Farrell) broke it down for me, and said the longer he stays in prison, the better it is for us,” Lombardi said. “I trust their process and what they’re doing, and feel confident in the reasons they asked for this. I think them being more prepared is more important than setting any sort of date.”
No matter the date of the hearing, Lombardi said that she was hopeful that the community will show up in large numbers to oppose a reduced sentence for Ramazzini.
“As an emotional sister, it’s really important to me that people show up to rally and stand against this,” Lombardi said. “I don’t think you have to be loud protesters – numbers speak in volumes. I think we’re still going to have the same amount of support, and that’s something our family is truly grateful for.”■