One of five men sentenced in beating death of Camp Pendleton Marine

PASADENA – One of two men who pleaded no contest in the beating death of a Marine reservist in Old Town Pasadena was sentenced today to three years probation and 60 days community service, while three co-defendants await trial.

Timothy Scott Coley, 24, pleaded to the single count of assault by mean to produce great bodily injury on July 16 and returned for sentencing today.

Jonathan Pierre Aquino, 25, also entered a no contest plea that day and was given the same sentence.

Joshua Martinez, a 25-year-old Marine reservist at Camp Pendleton, was attacked on Aug. 5, 2013, outside a restaurant, fell and hit his head. Video showed Martinez hitting his head on the pavement. He was taken to a hospital and declared dead the next day.

Fernando Sabino Ramirez, 25, also known as ”Gumby,” faces one felony count each of involuntary manslaughter and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. The criminal complaint alleges that Ramirez personally inflicted great bodily injury on Martinez.

Pasadena police said Ramirez admitted his role in the assault.

Two other co-defendants, Jonas Cardenas Ramos, 25, and Angel Christopher Moroyoqui, 22, are both charged with one felony count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.

Ramirez, Ramos and Moroyoqui are scheduled to return to Pasadena Superior Court on Aug. 1 for a pretrial hearing.

4 Responses to "One of five men sentenced in beating death of Camp Pendleton Marine"

  1. grunt   July 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Unless there is more to this, such as the Marine started the conflict or was aggressive, probation and community service seem awful light. There have been several cases in SD where during mutual combat a man has died and the other fighter received a much more sever sentence. As I read it, three men attacked the Marine – they should pay a much stiffer price. (Now, if I am wrong, and the Marine started it against three men, then the sentence is ok).

  2. Mjm   July 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    The key here is his "Role" in the incident.
    Obviously a minor role gets him a slap on the wrist.
    And of course more importantly his testimony against the other two defendants who are looking at a severe penalty.

  3. Mjm   July 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Correction: The other three defendants facing Felony charges.

  4. grumpy   July 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    sounds like five knuckleheads ganging up on one poor sap, who died in the process…not exactly a fair fight…three years probation and community service? you call that justice?..


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