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Man charged with murder of family still faces 85-year prison sentence

Man charged with murder of family still faces 85-year prison sentence

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - A man who is charged with murdering a family as a teen will face his 85-year sentence in prison.

The United States Supreme Court denied Joel Ramos' petition to review his murder case.

Ramos pleaded guilty in 1993 when he was 14 years old to first-degree murder of Bryan Skelton and three of his family members, including a 12-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy.

The Yakima County Prosecutor's Office said Ramos was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

The judge denied Ramos' request for an appeal years after the murder, and instead added five years to his sentence. He argued he had grown up since the incident.

The Washington State Supreme Court affirmed the new sentence and Ramos asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the review and Ramos' 85-year prison sentence still stands.

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