Betsy Ramos

Woman Involved in 1998 NY Officer Killing Gets More Prison Time

Betsy Ramos was convicted in 1999 of manslaughter and other charges in the death of Officer Anthony Mosomillo

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What to Know

  • A woman imprisoned for over two decades for her role in the deadly shooting of a police officer is being sent back to prison for two more years
  • The sentence came 10 days after the 55-year-old was released from prison and quickly detained again on the parole-related charge
  • Ramos was convicted in 1999 of manslaughter and other charges in the death of Officer Anthony Mosomillo

A woman imprisoned for over two decades for her role in the deadly shooting of a police officer is being sent back to prison for two more years because she violated parole by being involved in the 1998 crime.

Betsy Ramos, 55, was sentenced on the parole violation Friday, 10 days after she was released from prison and quickly detained again on the parole-related charge.

Ramos was convicted in 1999 of manslaughter and other charges in the death of Officer Anthony Mosomillo. He was killed while trying to serve a warrant for the arrest of Ramos' boyfriend, Jose Serrano, who was wanted for skipping a court date and violating his own parole.

Ramos — who, at the time, was on supervised release in a drug case — was accused of helping Serrano hide and then helping him attack Mosomillo's partner.

“She placed two brave police officers in danger,” U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said Friday.

Serrano grabbed the partner's gun and shot Mosomillo. Mosomillo, 36, fatally shot Serrano before collapsing and dying.

Ramos said Serrano abused her after she got involved with him at a time when her life was “in shambles.”

“I can’t change who I was or what I did that day,” Ramos said. “I feel like no matter how much time I do or don’t do, it will never be enough to repay them.”

Sal Mosomillo, the officer's brother and a retired policeman himself, was unmoved.

"Her second chance killed my brother. Why should she be given a third chance or a fourth chance?” he asked.

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