Edwin Ramos

OTTUMWA — Edwin Ramos, the man accused of shooting two people at Scooter’s Sports Club last summer, is seeking a plea bargain.

Wapello County Attorney Allen Cook confirmed the talks Wednesday.

“I can confirm that he is seeking a plea deal,” Cook said. “All indications are that the case will not go to trial.”

Ramos, 38, faces two counts of attempted murder in the shootings, as well as one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Witnesses told police Ramos entered the bar just after midnight last June before shooting Eliodoro Basilio in the abdomen and Maurici Pineda three times in the legs.

Ramos turned himself in to police the next day.

Authorities said at the time the shooting appeared to be linked to an ongoing dispute between the three men. Police said in a search warrant application that Ramos had prior arrests for possession of marijuana, keeping prohibited animals and driving under suspension.

It later emerged that Ramos’ arrest history went well beyond Iowa. Investigators found an extensive police record in Florida and Illinois. That led to the subpoena of officials from those two states as part of preparations for Ramos’ trial.

Ramos’ attorneys initially filed a notice that they intended to use a diminished responsibility defense, pending the results of a mental evaluation. Diminished responsibility covers several possible avenues, but relies on an admission of the accusations and presentation of evidence that mitigates the charges.

That’s a moot point if a plea deal is reached. The next step in the case is a pre-trial conference on May 5. Cook said it is possible Ramos will enter a plea at that time, but emphasized there is no set timeline for negotiations.

The charges carry penalties of up to 55 years in prison if Ramos is convicted on all counts.

Matt Milner can be reached at (641) 683-5359 or via e-mail at mwmilner@mchsi.com


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