2011 civil court electioneer Judge Leticia Ramirez. Also served for a while as an acting justice of the Manhattan Supreme Court.
Ramirez granted Matthew Velardo’s plea for supervised release
On Sunday, July 31, a Bronx man who was allegedly found in possession of a rifle. And a large quantity of ammunition was released by New York judge Leticia Ramirez. The same day, the judge released a murder suspect on $5,000 bail, allowing him to return to society. On Sunday, Ramirez granted Matthew Velardo’s plea for supervised release and released him. His release on bail was sought by the prosecution.
Velardo was taken into custody
Velardo was taken into custody using American Tactical Tires. He was then charged with criminal weapon use after discovering a 22 rifle, an extended magazine, and 500 rounds of ammunition in the trunk of his vehicle. According to a spokeswoman, the Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s office had requested that he be held on a $50,000 bail, $150,000 bond, or $150,000 secured bond. But Ramirez disregarded the demand.
Officials and jail records confirmed that he was released
Another instance included the release the next day by Ramirez of 54-year-old Vernon Gowdy, a tobacco shop employee who was charged with fatally killing a man outside the store on Saturday, July 30. During his arraignment on charges of murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon, Ramirez set Gowdy’s bond at $5,000 because the Bronx District Attorney’s Office wanted him confined. Officials and jail records confirmed that he was released on July 31 after paying the fine.
Gowdy, who had worked for the municipal parks, has been arrested 15 times before. In the 1990s, he also spent time in prison. He was detained in connection with the 1991 murder of Anna McCoy because it was claimed that he had shown himself to a Parks Department colleague in 2011. He avoided conviction, though, because there wasn’t enough proof. 2011 civil court electioneer Judge Leticia Ramirez also served for a while as an acting justice of the Manhattan Supreme Court. She worked in Brooklyn’s Family Court as an acting judge for four years. She was given a Sunday assignment to the city criminal court, according to a state official.