Man found guilty of murder appeals robbery conviction

FONDA – An Amsterdam man found guilty of two counts of murder is appealing a conviction for armed robbery, according to court documents filed earlier this month.

Ivan Ramos, 30, of 51 Milton Ave., had his attorney, Carol Dillon Pollard of Amsterdam, file a notice of appeal on Feb. 5, according to Montgomery County Clerk’s Office documents.

The notice contains no justification for the appeal.

Ramos was convicted of two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree burglary in connection with a Nov. 29, 2011, robbery at a Guy Park Avenue apartment.

According to the office of District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy, Ramos was sentenced Feb. 5 to 25 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision.

Amsterdam police said in 2011 that Ramos and another man entered the residence through a back door and were armed with a shotgun. They took an X-box 360 game console, a wireless Internet router and money before fleeing through the back of the residence, officials said.

One resident was injured when he fled the apartment through a window.

Ramos was found guilty Feb. 1 in the March 2012 murders of William McDermott, 56, and Cheryl Goss, 46, who were found stabbed to death in McDermott’s Locust Avenue apartment.

A jury found Ramos guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

His sentencing for the murders is scheduled March 20.

Ramos also had been found guilty in another robbery in which he and an accomplice broke into a home and pistol-whipped the occupants before stealing a laptop.

That incident occurred Oct. 28, 2011. At approximately 5:40 a.m. that day, a male and a female victim reported two people forcefully entered their apartment. One of the suspects pistol-whipped the male victim, according to the police report. That case is still pending.

Ramos also is serving a three-year prison sentence for stealing construction equipment last February.

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