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Convicted murderer faults lawyer

Freddie Ramirez

Freddie Ramirez

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Updated: January 13, 2013 6:10AM

Former Waukeganite Freddie Ramirez has served about 10 years of his 34-year prison sentence for shooting Victor Chavez of Waukegan in 2001. However, Ramirez has recently filed a post-conviction petition alleging that he got bad advice from his attorney, causing him to accept a plea deal.

Ramirez’s case was brought before Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti Tuesday. Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Scheller and defense attorney David Weinstein said they needed more time to resolve the post-conviction petition. The case was continued to Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Ramirez, now 31, took a plea deal capping his sentence for first-degree murder at 35 years. Ramirez was sentenced to 34 years in prison and has been in custody at Illinois Department of Corrections since April 9, 2002, according to IDOC records.

Chavez, 23, of Waukegan, was shot to death on Nov. 13, 2000, after he answered the door at his apartment in the 700 block of Walnut Street. He was shot four times — twice in the left arm, once in the neck and once in the back — and died of the multiple gunshot wounds.

Ramirez was in IDOC custody for an unrelated weapons charge June 13, 2001, when an informant recorded a conversation with Ramirez for police about the Chavez murder, according to court documents. The informant was Ramirez’s mother. Ramirez is alleged to have confessed to the Chavez murder during this recorded conversation, according to court documents.

Ramirez remains incarcerated.

Ramirez is due for parole July 19, 2035, according to IDOC.

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