The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office earlier today accepted the guilty pleas of Jamie Ramos and Pablo Ruvalcaba, the 2 defendants charged in the Bank of the West Robbery and Homicide case from July of 2014.
Ramos entered a guilty plea of First Degree Murder in the murder of Misty Holt Singh, a bank customer who was taken hostage during the robbery and killed during a lengthy police chase. He admitted to the special circumstance of Murder in the Commission of a Robbery. He also plead guilty to the charges of Carjacking and Attempted Murder of a police officer. In exchange for the plea, the District Attorney's office withdrew their request to seek the death penalty against Ramos. The defendant will be sentenced to Life in State Prison Without the Possibility of Parole.
Ruvalcaba also entered a guilty plea to Murder in the First degree in the murder of Misty Holt Singh. In exchange for the plea, the District Attorney's office withdrew the Special Circumstances and Ruvalcaba will be sentenced to Twenty-five years to Life in state prison.
District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar stated: "In July of 2014, four men decided to endanger the lives of ordinary citizens by taking part in a dangerous armed take-over of the Bank of West bank. Once it was apparent that their criminal plan had fallen apart, three of the robbers, including Jaimie Ramos, made the calculated decision to kidnap three women and then engage in a lengthy gun battle with law enforcement, endangering the lives of our community and the officers. In doing so, we lost Mrs. Singh and two of the other women suffered serious injuries because of the acts of these robbers.
The loss of Mrs. Singh remains in our hearts; so too does her courage to do everything she could to protect her loved one. She remains a cherished Mother and friend to this community.
As a community it is important we continue to honor the bravery of these women and law enforcement in bringing to an end the destructive actions of these criminals. We must remember the strength and courage of the victims, their families and friends, law enforcement and also the community support. We must remember the good. "