Two years after Christopher Ramirez shot his uncles dead at a Spokane Valley apartment complex, a judge last week sent him to prison for 82 years.
A jury convicted Ramirez, 34, of killing brothers Juan Gallegos-Rodriguez and Arturo Gallegos.
Ramirez’s first-degree murder trial had been delayed significantly because he was determined incompetent to stand trial last March following a long wait for a mental health evaluation. Relatives described him to police as paranoid and quick to anger and said he’d previously threatened the brothers.
After spending 90 days at Eastern State Hospital for competency restoration, a hospital psychiatrist said Ramirez was competent to stand trial on Dec. 21, 2015, court records show.
The report said Ramirez had psychotic disorder, paranoid personality disorder and a “prolonged history of substance abuse” including alcohol and methamphetamine. But it found he was able to understand the charges against him and did not appear to have paranoid thoughts about the court proceedings.
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