Judge Sentences Daniel Ramirezgutierrez to 435 years to life in state prison
Author: District Attorney
3/1/2023 5:50:50 PM
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, a San Luis Obispo County Judge sentenced 36-year-old Daniel Ramirezgutierrez to 435 years to life in state prison for 19 counts of sexual abuse of two children and one adult. The crimes occurred in both San Luis Obispo and Contra Costa Counties.
At today’s sentencing hearing, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Craig B. van Rooyen heard directly from the crime victims via video conference about the severe impact of the sexual abuse crimes on their lives. After listening to the victims’ comments and the statements made by the defense lawyer and prosecuting Deputy District Attorney Kristin Barnard, Judge van Rooyen sentenced Ramirezgutierrez to serve 435 years to life in state prison.
California sentencing law provides lengthy prison terms and life in prison for certain sex crimes committed against children. Life sentences such as this provide some protection for young children by way of deterring predators from committing these devastating crimes, punishment for the sex offender, and protection for the community at large from these predators.
“In San Luis Obispo County, we vigorously prosecute child predators and fully enforce California law to protect children - our most vulnerable citizens,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “While this long sentence will not undo the harm done to these young people, it does send an unmistakable message that sexual abuse of children is reprehensible and will not be tolerated in our community.”
The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, District Attorney’s Child Abuse Interview Team, and Brentwood Police Department in Contra Costa County. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kristin Barnard who is assigned to the District Attorney’s Sexual Violence Unit.
A copy of the charging document can be found here, and a copy of the defendant’s booking photo can be found here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.
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