Giants fan beating suspect to be held 10 months

A sketch of the suspect in the Bryan Stow beating (left) and a booking photo of Giovanni Ramirez from a previous arrest (right). The photo was leaked from his parole file to several media organizations by an unknown Los Angeles-area law enforcement official.

June 20, 2011 5:18:41 PM PDT
The man accused of beating a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium will be in jail for at least another 10 months, but it's not related to the Bryan Stow case. That ruling came after 31-year-old suspect Giovanni Ramirez appeared at a parole hearing Monday.

The parole revocation hearing was held Monday morning to determine if Ramirez had violated his parole for possessing a firearm. The hearing was closed to the public and it lasted for several hours. `

Ramirez has been in jail since May 22. Los Angeles police arrested him at an East Hollywood apartment almost two months after the brutal attack on Bryan Stow outside Dodger stadium after the team's season opener with the Giants.

Ramirez looks a lot like the sketch of Stow's attacker, but his lawyers say he was nowhere near the stadium the day of the attack, and that his family will vouch for him.

The convicted felon remains the prime suspect, although he has yet to be charged with the assault. Police have kept him in jail for a parole violation. They say they found a gun in a laundry basket in the apartment where he was arrested. The parole revocation hearing was to determine if that was enough to send him back to jail.

The hearing officers amended the initial charge of a "felon in possession of a firearm" to a "felon with access to a firearm." ABC7 legal analyst Dean Johnson explains the difference.

"They may not have been able to prove Mr. Ramirez was in possession of a firearm, but the general conditions of parole have a much broader standard and the broadest standard is that somebody on parole can't even be in a place where he has access to a firearm even if he doesn't have possession of it," said Johnson.

The commissioners dismissed a second charge that Ramirez had violated his parole because of the assault on Stow. Prosecutors decided against presenting a case on that charge, so it was automatically dismissed during the parole hearing.