A New York City man accused of killing 44-year-old St. Johnsbury resident Vincent Keithan earlier this year wants to be released from jail pending trial. Jerry “Mike” Ramirez, 35, is being held without bail on charges of aggravated assault and 2nd-degree murder for allegedly shooting Keithan to death in the parking lot of NVRH in March. His defense attorney, Rob Sussman of Burlington, asked the court to consider releasing Ramirez into the custody of his parents at their home in Brooklyn, New York. Although they do not reside in Vermont, their home in New York creates a geographic barrier between Mr. Ramirez and the State witnesses, and further supports a finding that release will not create a danger to the community,” wrote Sussman in his motion. “Nobody in the home has a criminal record. There are no drugs or alcohol in the home and no firearms. The family can assure that Jerry makes it to work when applicable, and to court.” A hearing on the request has been scheduled in Caledonia Superior Court at 9 a.m. on Sept. 28 before Judge Justin Jiron. Ramirez has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is facing a possible life sentence if convicted.
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