Second Suspect in Murder of Manteca Teen Found Guilty

4:50 AM, Dec 22, 2002   |    comments
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A second man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting and beating to death a Manteca teenager, then leaving her body at a construction site. It took a Stockton jury only a few hours of deliberation to find 20-year-old Jacob Lee Silva guilty of rape and murder. Silva was on trial in connection with the death of his former girlfriend in June 2000. The body of 18-year-old Renee Ramos was found in a partially constructed Home Depot store. Ramos' mother said her daughter just picked the wrong man as a boyfriend. "There's a lot of people out there who are bad people," said Donna Ramos. "As a parent can't tell your children who not to go out with, children do what they want" The San Joaquin County District Attorney said he won't pursue the death penalty in the case, meaning Silva will likely be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 24. Another man, 35-year-old Ty Eric Lopes, was convicted in March of involvement in the murder. He is currently serving a life sentence.

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