SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP/AP) – A man from Springfield has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for beating a mother of seven to death in a dispute over drugs.
Ronald Ruell Jr. was sentenced Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court to 25 years in prison for the February 2012 death of 38-year-old Judy Ramirez.
Defense lawyer Calvin Carr said the 33-year-old Ruell did not plan to kill Ramirez, but beat her because he wanted to steal her cocaine. Ramirez died from a fractured sternum that caused internal bleeding.
Carr says Ruell was abused as a child by foster parents, has mental health issues and drug and alcohol addictions.
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