OAKLAND – A man who admitted to being “in good standing” with an East Oakland gang after officers in Antioch arrested him for carrying a pistol and a 50-round drum magazine has been sentenced to six years in federal prison this week.
Angel Ramirez, 27, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam, two months after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun. Ramirez was indicted last November, as part of his July 2020 arrest in Antioch.
Police said an officer in Antioch stopped Ramirez near the Williamson Ranch Plaza for speeding, and Ramirez “got out of the vehicle and started yelling at the officer” before locking himself in the car. After convincing him to come out, authorities arrested him and searched the black Infinity sedan, discovering the pistol and magazine, which was loaded with four rounds.
Police identified Ramirez as a member of the East Oakland gang by a Burberry “B” that has been tattooed multiple times on his face, and he admitted to being “in good standing” with the gang. He had previously been convicted of possession of firearms as well as convictions for allegedly attacking members of his family, prosecutors said in court records.
Ramirez’s attorney wrote in court records that he was abused throughout his childhood and started using hard drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine when he was 14.
“He was literally born into a family of drug dealers and gang members who were more than happy to show him their way of life when he was only 6 or 7 years old,” the deputy public defender wrote. Jerome Matthews in a condemnation memo.