Chino hit-and-run defendant pleads no contest

CHINO — An 18-year-old Pomona man has pleaded no contest to three charges filed by prosecutors following a fatal hit-and-run accident here last month.

Alfredo Antonio Ramirez, 18, will face a sentence of up to two years in state prison for the April 14 incident that resulted in the death of Richard Bohannan of Chino, said Deputy District Attorney Steve Mitchell.

Bohannan, a 42-year-old father of two, was hit by Ramirez’s vehicle in the 11800 block of Pipeline Avenue as he walked to his mailbox, police said.

California Highway Patrol officers located Ramirez with the help of Bohannan’s niece, who drove the streets the day after Bohannan’s death searching for the hit-and-run driver’s vehicle.

She found a 1991 Toyota Celica in Pomona belonging to Ramirez that had body damage consistent with the crash. Ramirez surrendered to police after he learned he was a suspect.

Ramirez appeared in Chino Superior Court on Friday and reached a plea deal with Judge Gerard Brown, Mitchell said.

Ramirez pleaded no contest to three charges — a felony count of hit-and-run resulting in injury or death, a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter, and an infraction for driving without car insurance, according to online court records.

In exchange for his no contest pleas, Brown told Ramirez that any potential jail or prison sentence would have a “lid” of two years, meaning his sentence won’t exceed two years, Mitchell said.

Ramirez, who remains jailed in West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, is scheduled to be sentenced July 22 in Chino Superior Court.

The county probation department will draft a report with a sentencing recommendation prior to the hearing, Mitchell said.

“My personal opinion is (Ramirez) should go to prison,” Mitchell said.

Ramirez’s defense attorney, Ramiro Lluis, has not returned a call seeking comment today.

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