District Attorney Cyrus Vance has announced that Ramon Lalondriz-Castillo, 26, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision in connection with the shooting of his ex-girlfriend.
Lalondriz-Castillo pled guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. One night in January 2010, in a suicidal rage, he followed and attacked his ex-girlfriend as she left her workplace. He shot her from behind, hitting her twice, once at the base of the skull and once in the arm. He had left a suicide note in his car, an indication that he intended to kill himself, but his gun jammed and he was unable to follow through. The woman was able to make a full recovery and testify at the trial, where Lalondriz-Castillo apologized through a Spanish translator, calling the incident “a moment that occurred very rapidly.”
At the time, the victim was 21. Speaking about the case, District Attorney Vance made mention of domestic violence among young adults. “Dating violence among teens and young adults is under-reported, downplayed, or ignored, even though we know it can be just as serious as domestic violence between adults. I would like to commend the bravery of the survivor in this case for speaking out against her attacker at today’s sentencing. We hope that her message reaches the public and helps young people recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship.”
Lalondriz-Castillo is now considered a class-B felon.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 3, 2012