Parole board “forgets” about police widow, frees cop killer. Judge sends her back to prison the same day.
It’s a letter that no family wants to receive. A letter from a parole board stating the person who was convicted of killing your loved one would be released from prison. It’s the very same letter that was received last month by Margaret Mosomillo, the widow of fallen NYPD officer Anthony Mosomillo, who was killed in the line of duty in 1998.
According to a report from the Daily News, the state parole board had decided to release Betsy Ramos, who was convicted in the 1998 killing of Officer Mosomillo. Officer Mosomillo’s family states that they were never notified that Ramos was again up for parole.
Margaret stated to reporters in an interview that she’s
“Never missed a letter, never missed a parole board hearing.” So naturally she was shocked when she received the letter in November “Saying that the inmate [Ramos] had met in front of the parole board and she was granted release.”
Margaret stated that the last letter she received regarding Ramos’s parole was in January of this year and that letter had read “release was denied.”
Thinking that it must have been some type of mistake as she had never received a second letter stating that Ramos had appealed the decision and was again going before the board, Margaret called the parole board’s office of victim assistance. The office told Margaret that they had sent a letter informing her of the appeal and also that Ramos would be going before another board in October of this year.
Margaret explained that she had never received the letter, nor did her attorney, nor did the Police Benevolent Association or Anthony’s brother Salvatore, despite the fact that all had received letters in the past when Ramos was up for parole.
The office of victim’s assistance then blamed the postal service for the letters not being received.
“It was three different addresses. Three different boroughs. No one got it,” Margaret said.
“We got all the other letters,” Salvatore stated. “Why didn’t we get this one?”
Salvatore who has also attended the parole hearings that have come up for Ramos previously also had this to say to reporters,
“This is a disgrace,” Salvatore explained. “How could they let out a cop-killer? Basically back-dooring the family. Imagine what they could do to an average [civilian] victim’s family.”
Explaining that for the family the pain is still felt everyday he stated,
“It was 21 years ago, but to me it’s like it just happened yesterday. They’re talking about giving her a second chance. Where is my brother’s second chance?” My family is still suffering 21 years later. That’s not going to stop,”
The office of victim’s advocacy did inform the family that when Ramos was released that she would be taken back into custody for violating the terms of her federal release on the date that Officer Mosomillo was assassinated. At the time Ramos was out on a federally supervised release of charges of importing heroin. Margaret and Salvatore say this does little to comfort the family at all.
“I feel victimized all over again.” Margaret stated.
Explaining to reporters that she felt if she was at the hearing that took place in October with her family and they were able to give a victim impact statement in person as they had done in years past, that it would have made all the difference on Ramos being granted her freedom- however short lived it might be.
“I feel that she’s not paying for the crime of killing my husband,” Margaret stated.
PBA President Patrick J. Lynch had this to say regarding the situation,
“The con game that the Parole Board just ran on the Mosomillo family is an utter disgrace. Over the past year, we have seen multiple instances in which the Parole Board staff lied to or misled the families of fallen police officers in an apparent attempt to deprive them of their legal right to oppose the release of their loved ones’ killers. They should just close down the Office of Victim Assistance, because they aren’t even pretending to care about crime victims anymore. They are rolling out the red carpet for cop-killers and other vicious criminals at every turn, while our families live in fear of being victimized a second time.”
Officer Mosomillo was killed in 1998 when he and his partner were attempting to arrest Betsy Ramos’s boyfriend Jose Serrano, who was on parole and had failed to show up to court on drug charges.
When the officers arrived on scene Ramos stated that Serrano was not in the apartment.
Upon a search of the apartment they found Serrano hiding behind a trap door in a closet which led to an altercation between Ramos, Serrano, Officer Mosomillo and his partner Officer Torres.
Sources indicate that Ramos and Officer Torres were in a hand-to-hand altercation when Ramos helped to wrestle Officer Torres’s gun from her. Police reports indicate that Serrano than used the gun to shoot Officer Mosomillo twice at close range in the neck.
Police reports go on to explain that Officer Mosomillo was able to unholster his own weapon, and shoot Serrano four times, killing him on scene. Officer Torres than dragged her wounded partner outside of the East Flatbush Apartment and onto the sidewalk where she awaited backup. Officer Mosomillo would die from his wounds eight hours later in the hospital.
According to court records, Ramos was charged with second-degree murder but a jury later convicted her on a lesser charge of manslaughter. She was sentenced to 15 years to life. She had been denied parole four times previously, but was granted parole in October of this year. The Masomillo family had attended all of the parole hearings previous to the last one where Ramos was granted parole.
Ramos was released on Tuesday of this week only to be taken directly into federal custody. As reported by The New York Post Ramos, now 55, was taken to the federal court in Brooklyn directly from the maximum-security women’s prison in Bedford Hills. Ramos has spent the last 20 years in prison for her role in killing Officer Mosomillo.
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It was Ramos’s understanding that she would be released immediately from the federal prison for time served if she plead guilty to charges of violating the terms of her federal release on the date that Officer Mosomillo was killed.
Reading a prepared statement Ramos recounted the incident stating to the judge,
“I hid my abuser from the police when they came to serve a warrant. My actions that day set in motion a situation where a police officer died, but I did not kill the police officer.”
She recounted in hopes that her guilty plea would lead to her release that day.
However, Judge Nicholas Garaufis had other plans, order Ramos back into custody until a sentencing hearing on December 20th of this year. Judge Garaufis explained to the court room and to Ramos and her attorney that he would make no ruling on sentencing until he heard directly from the victim’s family.
Ramos’s attorney Ron Kuby pushed the judge to give the sentence that day instead of waiting another two weeks.
Officer’s Mosomillo’s family’s “position has not changed in 22 years. I don’t know what will be gained by speaking with them in a month,” Kuby said. “I understand you want to do due diligence. I just don’t think there will be any new information.”
In a heated reply back the judge told the attorney,
“I don’t care if it was one year ago or 10 years ago or 20 years ago,” Garaufis said. “When someone is murdered … I want to hear from the family if the family wants to speak to me.”
Margaret stated in an interview with CBS2 earlier last month that,
“I think of everything he’s missed out on the whole 21 years. I think of the life we could’ve had together.”
While the Mosomillo’s declined to comment on Tuesday the PBA President Patrick J. Lynch has this to say in a prepared statement that they are
“grateful to Judge Garaufis for letting the family of our hero police officer be heard.
Because of the New York State Parole Board’s outrageous deception, the Mosomillo family has been forced to live in fear of seeing Anthony’s killer walk out of prison doors.
Their sacrifice matters. Their suffering matters. Their voices need to be heard.”
Officer Mosomillo was 29 years old when he was killed in the line of duty, he left behind his wife and two daughters. Mosomillo’s youngest daughter is now slated to graduate the police academy on December 27th of this year.
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