LOS ANGELES (CBS SF) -The primary suspect in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium in March had his parole revoked at a hearing in Los Angeles Monday and will serve 10 months behind bars.

Giovanni Ramirez, 31, of Los Angeles, was arrested May 22 on suspicion of violating parole for a previous conviction unrelated to Stow’s beating.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

At a closed hearing Monday, state Board of Parole Hearings Deputy Commissioner Ali Zarrinnam found that Ramirez violated the terms of his parole by having access to a weapon, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino said.

Ramirez had been on parole for a felony conviction a few years ago for firing a gun in a public place during a New Year’s celebration in Los Angeles, his attorney Jose Romero said.

After billboards went up around Los Angeles with sketches of two suspects in Stow’s beating, Ramirez’s parole officer contacted police to report that Ramirez matched the description of one of the attackers.

On May 22, police found a gun in a laundry hamper at a home where Ramirez was located, Romero said.

He has not been charged with the March 31 beating of Stow, 42, a Santa Cruz father of two who works as an emergency medical technician in Santa Clara County, though he is still a prime suspect, Romero said.

Stow remained unconscious and in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital, where he was transferred after receiving weeks of care at a Los Angeles hospital.

Romero said no evidence has been produced that Ramirez was at Dodger Stadium the night Stow was beaten after the Giants vs. Dodgers game.

Romero, working with a team of defense attorneys, said a number of sources that corroborate Ramirez’s alibi have been forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, including statements from Ramirez’s 11-year-old daughter, who said she was with her father the night of the assault.

Romero said the core of Ramirez’s defense is that this is a case of mistaken identity.

“My client and defense team extend condolences to the Stow family,” Romero said. “We hope LAPD finds the right guy. To have the wrong guy in prison compounds the tragedy.”

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Comments (13)
  1. mechanic says:

    He sounds like a regular/nice guy to some people. Even if he didn’t do it he should be kept in prison for 20yrs or more just for having all those tatoos and earings. What a POS. Too many previous (felony) convictions to be let out of his cage now.
    I guess he was at his aunt’s house doing her laundry that day, and he found the gun in her “dainties” pile; so took it home with him to prevent her from doing some crimes with it……… according to his “liar”.(????)

    1. norbit says:

      “Even if he didn’t do it he should be kept in prison for 20yrs or more just for having all those tatoos and earings.” You’re an idiot. That’s like saying..you’re a mechanic..you probably barely passed high school..you’ll be a low-life the rest of your life fixing cars.

      1. mechanic says:

        I’ll bet any $$ that if old Giovanni and I were both interviewed for the same job, and had the exact same resume; I’d get the job. Since he looks like a trouble-maker and an idiot, and I hide my idiotness; only revealing it in blog posts that irritate other/bigger IDIOTS like norbert or norbit, or outer-orbit, or whatever! This Vato turd needs to be flushed down the toilet with the rest of his turd, relatives.

      2. bay says:

        You mean you wouldn’t let this guy watch your kids????

  2. This case is becoming very hard to follow.

  3. bay says:

    He looks like a really nice guy. He should get past this and pick up a trade like appliance repair or handyman. All the stay at home moms can have him over to fix things around the house. And then he can hog tie you and rob you blind, he’ll do this about 6-7 times and all his Homies and Vato buddies and cousins will all have alibi’s to support him.

  4. G says:


    “A COP!”

  5. pee says:

    I think they should ship him back to MEXICO with the rest of them…..

    1. poo says:

      He will only return, we need to kill him.

  6. an eye 4 an eye says:

    He is on parole but still has access to weapons. Why gave him 10 months and not years? Is this how you expect criminals to fear the law? Pathetic.

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