AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - An Amarillo resident who fired a gun at his ex-girlfriend while at her place of work has been sentenced to prison, Potter County District Attorney Randall Sims said Tuesday.
A jury found Ramiro Valenzuela-Ruiz, 28, guilty of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) currently has a hold on Valenzuela-Ruiz due to his illegal residency.
In April 2015, Valenzuela-Ruiz went to his ex-girlfriend's place of business and fired his handgun before fleeing the scene. The victim, who remains unidentified, did not sustain any injury.
After he left, Valenzuela-Ruiz crashed his car into a gate at Llano Cemetery and abandoned his vehicle. Court records show the .380 caliber handgun used in the attack was found in the car, an allegation Valenzuela-Ruiz tried to refute by saying the victim's husband placed the gun there. During the trial, Valenzuela-Ruiz later admitted to lying under oath about his testimony.
Police issued a warrant for Valenzuela-Ruiz and he was arrested three months later. Official court records show there had been other confrontations between Valenzuela-Ruiz and the victim prior to this attack.
Valenzuela-Ruiz had been living in the U.S. illegally for 13 years, court records show.