Criminal charges dropped in York City shooting
A York City resident accused of shooting a man on New Year's Day ended up pleading guilty to a summary offense of disorderly conduct.
Chayanne Ramirez, 27, was originally charged with aggravated assault, being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence.
When York City Police arrested him in January, they alleged he shot Rahun Page of York City in the area of South Duke Street and East Cottage Place about 7:45 a.m. during an argument. Officers later found Page being treated at York Hospital for a gunshot wound to the left arm, police said at the time.
But the two felony charges against Ramirez — aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm — were dismissed at his Jan. 27 preliminary hearing.
Evidence issues: "The totality of the evidence presented at the preliminary hearing was not sufficient to meet our burden of establishing a prima facie case," said Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.
Prima facie is the legal standard required under Pennsylvania law to forward a criminal case to county court. It basically means enough evidence exists for a defendant to stand trial.
Ramirez pleaded guilty Wednesday, Aug. 2, in York County Court to summary disorderly conduct and, in exchange, his remaining criminal charge of tampering with evidence was dismissed, according to court records.
He was ordered to pay a $300 fine and court costs within 90 days, court records state.
King said the tampering charge had to be dropped because the alleged victim in the case was no longer cooperating with prosecutors.
Co-defendant: Ramirez's buddy and co-defendant in the case, Eric Keith Rivers, remains in York County Prison without bail. Rivers is due in court Wednesday, Aug. 9, for a pretrial conference.
Rivers, 33, of East Cottage Place in York City, is charged with one count each of aggravated assault and tampering with evidence, seven counts of being a felon in illegal firearm possession and three counts of receiving stolen property.
Police allege that after Page was shot, Rivers and Ramirez hid evidence of the shooting under the bed of Rivers' 8-year-old daughter.
Seven guns seized: Police found spent shell casings, seven guns and a significant amount of ammunition under the bed, police said at the time. Three of the guns found had been reported stolen, and a fourth gun's serial number had been rendered unreadable, according to court documents.
Also seized from Rivers' home was ceramic-plated body armor, police have said.
Year-old shooting: Ramirez was the victim of gun violence about a year ago.
York City officers were called to the 200 block of East King Street on Aug. 12, 2016, for complaints of gunfire, and the officers heard more gunfire after arriving.
They found Ramirez nearby with gunshot wounds to his head and the back of his legs, but he was uncooperative with investigators, police have said.
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