LAS VEGAS (AP) – A former Nevada prison guard trainee who killed a handcuffed prison inmate with a shotgun blast in a prison hallway has taken a plea deal sparing him a manslaughter trial and possible prison time.
Raynaldo-John Ruiz Ramos entered a so-called “Alford plea” Tuesday to attempted willful disregard for safety resulting in death in the November 2014 slaying of 28-year-old Carlos Perez Jr. at High Desert State Prison.
Ramos’ plea acknowledged prosecutors could have presented evidence of guilt at trial.
His lawyer, Joshua Tomsheck, said Wednesday the agreement spares his 39-year-old client and others the trauma and expense of a public trial.
Ramos has to undergo a Veterans Affairs mental health evaluation and complete 10-hours-a-month of community service for two years.
His case could then be reduced to a misdemeanor.