Judge finds Jose Ramirez guilty for the murder of his parents

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PEORIA, Ill. — The Princeville man accused of murdering his parents last October has been found guilty.

After a three-day bench trial, Peoria County Judge Katherine Gorman found 22-year-old Jose Ramirez guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents, Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron.

The prosecution went through the specific damages done to his parents.

“The main mover in these vicious movers is the defendant,” a prosecutor said. “The defendant wanted his parents dead, and he got what he wanted. It’s time for the defendant to get what he deserves.”

Last year, authorities claimed Ramirez, along with 21-year-old Matthew Roberts, allegedly pepper-sprayed his father and then stabbed him in the stomach and the neck while the couple was asleep. He also allegedly pepper-sprayed his mother, and stabbed her in the stomach then neck. Ramirez gave a second testimony saying he hit them with a baseball bat.

Ramirez chose a bench trial instead of a jury trial.

This story will be updated.

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