FONDA, N.Y. - An Amsterdam man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility for parole for stabbing two people to death last year in a local apartment.
Ivan Ramos, 31, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court in Fonda on Wednesday for two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 46-year-old Cheryl Gross and 56-year-old William McDermott in Amsterdam last
March. A Montgomery County jury convicted Ramos of the crime in February.
say Ramos slashed McDermott to death before bursting through a chain-locked bedroom
door to kill Gross as well.
Both were found stabbed to death
inside a home on Locust Avenue. At the time, police said that there
were signs of a struggle and that illegal drugs likely contributed to
the deaths of the victims.
According to court documents, one witness testified he'd been at a
party smoking crack in the apartment with Ramos and the victim's hours
before the killings.