Racine man accused of stealing ring from dying mom

Man told police he sold the ring

A Racine man is accused of stealing an anniversary ring from the finger of his dying mother and selling it to help his pregnant girlfriend.

Juan R. Ramirez, 18, is scheduled for a plea hearing next month. He was charged this week with felony theft and bail jumping.

Prosecutors said Ramirez stole the $4,500 ring Monday while his mother was in a medically induced sleep. The criminal complaint quotes him as telling investigators he sold it for “not that much.”

A Journal Times of Racine report states the mother gave Ramirez an ultimatum: Return the ring or leave the house. After Ramirez allegedly said he didn’t have it, the woman told police she wanted to press charges.

A message left with Ramirez’s public defender Thursday wasn’t immediately returned.

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