In Ohio, a father was sentenced to more than a year in prison after he purportedly tried to hire a hitman to kill his adult son while intoxicated. He made the mistake of calling a dumpster company instead.
According to Cleveland.com, a 58-year-old father, Desmen Ramsey, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated assault charges stemming from calls he made to Budget Dumpster Services in October.
Evidently, Ramsey mistakenly called his friend’s name for “Jesse.” Tommy was his name, and he left three messages.
One of the three voicemails Ramsey allegedly left on October 13, 2022, stated, “It’s a five grand hit on him.” “I couldn’t care less where he is, what he’s up to, or who he’s with. Kill that b—-.
The second message from Ramsey was blank.
It’s the job. On a third message, where he allegedly added, “This ain’t bulls—, please call me back,” “ASAP.”
The voicemails were found by Budget Dumpster staff the next morning, according to Cleveland.com. Ramsey’s name and phone number were displayed on the caller ID information.
Judge David Matia of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court read transcripts of the messages out loud in court. He then gave the maximum sentence for the aggravated assault charge.
Ramsey was first charged with two counts of complicity, which could have led to a life sentence in prison.
According to the prosecution, Ramsey thought he was contacting a buddy who belonged to a motorcycle club. The companion allegedly informed investigators that he wouldn’t have carried out the murder-for-hire scheme and denied knowing about it.
Local CBS station WOIO said that Ramsey told police that he and his son had gotten into a fight recently and that he had been drinking when he made the call.
Ramsey reportedly remarked, “That shouldn’t have happened.” I’ll confess that I wasn’t a good father. I would never harm my children. Before I allowed anything to happen to my children, I would die.
According to Cleveland.com, he also told Matias, “That’s my baby son,” that he did not believe the plan would genuinely be carried through.
Local Fox affiliate WJW stated that Ramsey’s son didn’t participate in his father’s prosecution.
Matias allegedly read from a pre-sentence investigation report at the sentencing court, noting that Budget Dumpster’s vice president first phoned Cleveland police, who were “less than helpful.”
The judge told the vice president to talk to the FBI, which he said was “also less than helpful.” Finally, the company called the police in Westlake, which is about 15 miles west of Cleveland.
During the hearing, deputies escorted Ramsey out of the courtroom in handcuffs as he began crying, according to the Cleveland.com report. Ramsey allegedly used a cane and had trouble walking.