Crime

Elderly Man Accused Of Murdering 22-Year-Old

| by Sheena Vasani
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Prosecutors said Feb. 22 an elderly New York man reportedly killed a younger man for “disrespecting” him.

Juan Ramos, 66, allegedly stabbed Giovanni Rodriguez, 22, to death on Sept. 29, 2013 after an argument, the New York Daily News reports.

"Fight me like a man. I'm a man. I'm a Marine," Assistant District Attorney Ernest Chin reports Ramos allegedly shouted at Rodriguez.

"He has shown no remorse for what he did. He went around the corner and bragged about what he did and tried to hide the weapon. He was laughing 'I done him dirty,'” Chin said.

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When somebody tried to intervene in the fight, the bystander was reportedly also sliced by the knife.

Ramos, who has been arrested nearly 30 times and already served time in prison, may have to serve 25 years or a life sentence.

Ramos claims he acted in self-defense.

Rodriguez reportedly had previously said something disrespectful about Ramos and his wife.

"Giovanni Rodriguez told him, 'Go away, you're old enough to be my father,'" reported Chin.

After Rodriguez punched Ramos in the face, the elderly man says he stabbed the younger repeatedly.

“[Ramos’] glasses were thrown away during the attack. He has limited visibility without his glasses,” explained Ramos' attorney, Frank Paone.

“[Rodriguez] died by a wound my client inflicted. It was a wound made out of fear, an assault upon him. My client acted in self-defense," he added.

Ramos is not the first elderly man to be accused of murder in recent years, the Toronto Sun reports.

A 73-year-old Canadian grandfather, Dario Melaragno, is accused of killing his wife in January.

Neighbors say the man was recently hospitalized for a heart condition and was living with one of his three adult daughters.

“Once on scene, police located a woman with obvious signs of trauma and vital signs absent,” law enforcement official Craig Brister said when they found the dead woman.

Sources: New York Daily News, Toronto Sun / Photo credit: New York Daily News

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