Last defendant in deadly 2014 home invasion makes pleas

Jorge Ramirez-Belmontes (Source: Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The last of four men charged with a north Shawnee Co. home invasion that left one man dead from gun battle pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges.

Jorge A. Ramirez-Belmontes, 31, twice said "guilty" to charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. Ramirez-Belmontes, who acted as a lookout during the home-invasion, made the pleas one day after his 31st birthday.

As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution dismissed charges of felony first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy to commit burglary, said Charles Kitt, chief of staff of the Shawnee County District Attorney's office.

Kitt said Ramirez-Belmontes had provided substantial cooperation to prosecutors during the case.

As part of the plea, Kitt asked the judge to sentence Ramirez-Belmontes to the standard prison terms for the two guilty pleas and to make the two terms concurrent.

In the aggravated robbery conviction, the defendant could be sentenced to a prison term between 55 months and 247 months, and he could be sentenced to a prison term ranging from 31 months to 136 months for the aggravated burglary conviction, Kitt said. The length of each sentence depends on Ramirez-Belmontes' criminal history.

Ramirez-Belmontes admitted he acted as a lookout during the home invasion at 734 N.W. 62nd, the home of Dustin McKinney and Stacy Liles and their children.

The home invasion occurred on Nov. 2, 2014 when two Hispanic men dressed as police officers forced their way inside the home, and Liles was forced into a bedroom. She heard gunshots in the living room, and the intruders fled the house.

McKinney, who had returned fire, was lying on the floor, and was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m., six minutes after a 911 call was made to law enforcement officers, Kitt said.
Ramirez-Belmontes was arrested on March 15, 2017, Kitt said.

He will be sentenced on May 28.

Ramirez-Belmontes is the second defendant in the home invasion case to make pleas in the past week.

On April 19, Anthony Rocky Guerrero II, 33, pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, according to court records.

As part of the plea agreement, charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary were dismissed against Guerrero, according to court records.
According to the plea agreement, Guerrero would be sentenced to 52 months in the robbery conviction and 32 months in the conspiracy conviction, a total of 84 months in prison.
Guerrero is to be sentenced on June 7.

Other defendants in the case are:

-- Jonathan Emil Maldonado-Vasquez, 40, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery and was sentenced to prison terms totalling 13 years and five months. Maldonado-Vasquez suffered a gunshot wound to the right bicep during the home invasion.

-- Following a jury trial, Angel Gabriel Olavarria-Velez, 28, was acquitted March 17, 2017, of premeditated first-degree murder and an alternative charge of felony first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and four misdemeanor counts of criminal restraint. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor intimidation of a witness and felony interference with law enforcement.

In April 2016, the body of Julio Antonio Olavarria-Velez, 27-year-old brother of Angel, was found in an abandoned structure in Puerto Rico, the victim of a slaying. He first was arrested on a warrant in late 2014 charging him with obstructing apprehension of prosecution, but the case was dismissed without prejudice in February 2015.