85-year sentence upheld for man convicted of Outlook murders

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A man who pleaded guilty to killing four people in Outlook in 1993 will not have his 85-year prison sentence shortened.

The state Court of Appeals, Division III, affirmed a Yakima County judge's decision to sentence Joel Ramos to 85 years. The court found the judge properly considered the evidence when deciding to lengthen his prison term.

Ramos was 14 years old when he admitted killing the Skelton family, including a 12-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy. He was originally sentenced to 80 years, but he got the chance to ask for a shorter term after he claimed he was forced to plead guilty. Instead, the judge added five years to his sentence.
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