Judge Rejects Plea in Philipsburg Man’s False Imprisonment Case

CLEARFIELD – After reviewing the details of a false imprisonment case against a Philipsburg man, President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman rejected his plea agreement on Monday.

Brandon James Ramos, 31, is also facing charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment for his behavior at his home on Sept. 14.

Ammerman was unhappy with the plea for a minimum three-month sentence that was lower than the standard sentencing range.

He noted that Ramos had a prior terroristic threats case for which online court documents indicate Ramos received a sentence of four months to two years in state prison.

Ramos stated that the victim in the older case wanted to drop the charges, but it was too late.

Then he started to explain what happened in the current case when he said the victim was cheating on him, but Ammerman stopped him, warning him that anything he said could be used against him.

Ammerman also commented that even if she was cheating, it was no reason for him to do what he did.

When the victim addressed the court, she stated that Ramos needs mental health treatment.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Ramos was arguing with the victim when he told her she could not leave.

He took her car keys and cell phone and threatened that if she tried anything “funny,” he would make sure she died that night, according to the report.

Ramos also commented that he would make sure the cops shot both of them because he was not going back to jail alive, police said.

When she told him, that it was time for her to go home, Ramos allegedly grabbed her by the shoulders and throat. While he had hold of her, he reportedly said “you want me to beat you, don’t you?”

Ramos allegedly told her to get back to his bedroom or he would make sure she didn’t “go anywhere ever again.”

Once they were in the bedroom, the victim said Ramos nailed the door shut.

He then ripped off her hoodie and stated “just because I hit you, what now, you think I am gonna rape you too,” according to the complaint.

The victim told police she felt like she couldn’t leave from 4 p.m. on Sept. 14 until police arrived the next morning around 9 a.m.

The charges against Ramos will be put back on the trial list. Ramos remains in the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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