Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Witness intimidation case goes forward

Trial set for man who allegedly threatened his brotherís wife

Express Staff Writer

Pablo Ramirez-Hernandez

A jury trial has been scheduled for Feb. 3 for a man who is accused of threatening his brother's wife after she reported to Hailey police that her husband had battered her.

Pablo Ramirez-Hernandez, a 26-year-old Hailey man, was arraigned Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court on a felony charge of intimidation of a witness. The charge alleges that Ramirez-Hernandez "did willfully threaten, intimidate or harass" the woman "by pushing her and telling her she would pay for putting his brother in jail."

A Spanish-speaking court interpreter translated for the defendant, who was represented at Monday's hearing by public defender Kevin Cassidy.

Ramirez-Hernandez remains incarcerated in Blaine County Jail on $10,000 bond. Records at the jail state that there is an immigration hold on him, which means he is suspected of being an illegal immigrant.

Ramirez-Hernandez allegedly threatened his sister-in-law in Hailey on Sept. 21, the same day that his brother, Jose Ramirez-Hernandez, 29, of Hailey, was arrested for battering his wife in the presence of a child.

Jose Ramirez-Hernandez pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 22 and was sentenced to 12 days in jail.

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