The Jerry “Mike” Ramirez trial will begin on July 15. Ramirez, 37, of Brooklyn, N.Y, is accused of shooting and killing 44-year-old St. Johnsbury resident Vincent Keithan in the parking lot at NVRHospital on the morning of March 1, 2022. Ramirez is now being held without bail on 2nd-degree murder and aggravated assault at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Ramirez was also accused by the Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office of assaulting a woman in a car parked outside the NVRH Emergency Room just before the alleged shooting death of Vincent Keithan. Ramirez was arrested by New York State Police later that day after the Jeep he was driving was spotted by troopers traveling southbound on the Taconic State Parkway in Milan, N.Y. Police said they attempted to stop the Jeep, but it accelerated to speeds of over 100 mph until troopers deployed spike strips in Clinton, N.Y. Troopers said two males then got out of the Jeep and ran into the woods, but they were later captured and identified. Ramirez waived extradition and was transported back to Vermont on Tuesday and lodged at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury. Police say Ramirez is also accused of selling drugs out of a house at 45 Jills Hill Road in South Wheelock. Ramirez faces a possible sentence of up to life in prison.
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- A second man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with threats