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Amsterdam man sentenced to life without parole for double-murder

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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.

They 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.

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