For Immediate Release - October 14, 2016

Lawrence Man Sentenced to 12 to 18 Years for Manslaughter

A Lawrence man, who was convicted last week of manslaughter in connection with a 2013 shooting death, was sentenced to 12 to 18 years in state prison.  Following a two week trial, a jury found Carlos Powell, 33, guilty of the lesser included charge of voluntary manslaughter.  Judge Kathe Tuttman imposed the sentence after a brief sentencing hearing this morning in Salem Superior Court.

At trial, Essex Assistant District Attorney A.J. Camelio presented evidence that proved that on October 18, 2013, the defendant shot Edgar Ramos twice in the back and killed him.  The two men were known to one another and were among a small group of people gathered on the corner of Essex and Oxford Streets in Lawrence that evening.  The two men had a disagreement and Ramos punched the defendant in the face.  The defendant walked across the street to a parked car, obtained a gun from the car and shot the victim twice in the back.

ADA Camelio recommended a sentence of 18 to 20 years given the nature and circumstances of the crime as well as the defendant’s criminal history.  “This defendant has a history of violent offenses.  In this case, he had the opportunity to walk away or resolve the situation without violence.  Instead, he armed himself and killed Edgar Ramos.”

ADA Camelio read a statement from the victim’s mother, who was unable to attend because she is still too upset.  In the statement, Ramos’ mother said that when people express their sympathy for her loss, she corrects them saying, “he was taken away from me.”

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and ADA Camelio thanked the trial and investigative team which included ADA Cristina Ronan, Essex Victim Advocate Jocelyn Picardo, Massachusetts State Police detectives Mike Murphy and Brian O’Neill and Lawrence Police detectives Carlos Cueva and Jay Heggerty.

Mr. Powell was represented by Attorney Raymond Buso.

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