Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced that Ricky Eloy Ramirez, age 25 of Houston, Texas, has been found not guilty by reason of mental illness by Judge Tim Wermager of Murder in the Second Degree in connection with the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Sheldon Jeremy Williams of South Carolina, on July 23, 2021 at a Burnsville hotel. Ramirez waived his right to a jury trial on his defenses of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental illness. The Court found that Ramirez had proven by a preponderance of the evidence that at the time of the homicide, he was mentally ill, and was laboring under such a defect of reason as to not know the nature of his act or that it was wrong. Judge Wermager ordered Ramirez be held pending transfer to a secure mental health facility pending completion of proceedings for civil commitment as mentally ill and dangerous.
Facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. A previous news release can be viewed at County Attorney News Releases. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Keena thanked Assistant County Attorneys Dominika Kins and David Hemming who prosecuted the case. Keena also thanked the Burnsville Police Department for its thorough investigation of this case.
If you have questions, contact Kathy Keena at 651-438-4440.