Man Who Killed, Wounded Repossessors Gets Life in Prison

May 13th, 2011 | By | Category: National News

A Florida man who shot two men attempting to repossess his truck was sentenced to life in prison Thursday, May 12. Jesse Elorde Ramirez, 51, “came out shooting” with a handgun on March 2, as Wilfred Rivera, 48, and Delbert Charles Power Jr., 31, arrived at Ramirez’s home on Florida State Road 16 in St. John’s County, a news report said.

The repossessors had called Ramirez that afternoon to notify him they were coming. Rivera died at the scene. Power, who was wounded but survived, was at the sentencing. He said he had been shot seven times, is unable to work and has nightmares about the incident, the report said.

A former owner of the recovery company owned by Rivera said Rivera would have left the vehicle had he been threatened, but “didn’t get that opportunity.”

Ramirez, who has no chance for parole, pleaded no contest to first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty, the report said.