Alleged serial gold burglar gets jail
A New York man, who is facing a federal conspiracy charge for allegedly committing 37 gold-related burglaries in Northern Virginia last year, was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for an incident in which he broke into a house, was confronted by a resident, fled and took nothing.
Dagoberto Soto Ramirez, 27, was arrested along with his wife, Melinda Soto, 34, and a third New Yorker, Francisco Gray, 39, last November, and charged with a string of burglaries in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, all targeting Indian and South Asian residents who kept gold in their houses.
All but two charges were later dismissed against the three -- a case from June 2009 in the Fair Oaks area. A woman testified she heard noise from her basement, walked to her stairway and came face to face with Soto Ramirez. A jury in April convicted him of burglary and possession of burglar's tools, and sentenced him to one year.
Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jan L. Brodie on Thursday imposed the one-year term and a $1,500 fine for the burglar's tools. Soto Ramirez did not make a statement.
Soto Ramirez has been in the Fairfax jail since last November. There is no parole in Virginia, but felony inmates are eligible for release after serving 85 percent of their time, so Soto Ramirez probably would have been freed by early September.
But on Wednesday, he was served with a federal indictment from a grand jury in Alexandria, accusing him, his wife and Gray of conspiracy, resurrecting a case which had been wiped out in Fairfax and Loudoun courts. His wife, released from jail in February, was arrested Monday in New York. Gray reportedly was deported to Peru.
-- Tom Jackman
July 22, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
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