LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A jury has found Victor Ramos guilty of manslaughter and guilty of obstruction of justice in the death of his girlfriend.
Deputies in the emergency room said Lauren Elizabeth Guidry was in agony as doctors and nurses tried in vain to save her. Her severe injuries included a shattered pelvis, a fractured spine, broken legs, and uncontrollable internal bleeding.
In a recorded, dying declaration she told deputies she was trying to leave when he “put the car in drive...put his foot...to the pedal and smashed her in between the trailer and the car.”
The recording went on, "Who?” asked deputies, straining to hear until she cried out:
Guidry: “Victor Ramos!...” Deputy: “Okay, and who is that to you?” Guidry: “My boyfriend.” Deputy: “Okay, so you were splitting up and you were leaving and that is what occurred?”
Guidry’s Godmother Rachael Touchet says Ramos was jealous and controlling.
“She couldn’t go nowhere, couldn’t have a cell phone, to use without it being his phone. She couldn’t go anywhere without him,” said Touchet.
It took jurors five and a half hours, but the jury found Ramos guilty as charged of manslaughter and obstruction of justice for hiding the car.
Prosecutor Jason Brown says it was a classic case of a woman who wanted to leave an abusive partner but could not getaway.
“We had a relationship that was tumultuous, involved much fighting, and unfortunately for Lauren Guidry, she decided to leave the defendant Victor Ramos and this is one of those classic cases where the defendant is not going to allow someone he says he cares about or loves, to leave. And so, instead of allowing her to leave he ran over her with his car,” said Brown.
Manslaughter brings a sentence of zero to forty years plus sentencing for obstruction of justice which Brown says could bring up to twenty years. And Brown says there could be possible enhanced penalties.
Touchet is satisfied with the verdict, though the pain is still raw.
“All I kept saying was hold on baby girl, don’t let go. Hold on baby girl, don’t let go. We circled a prayer around her and as we prayed and said, ‘Amen.’ All the machines went off and she died right there,” said Touchet.
Ramos represented himself and participated in the trial using an interpreter. He did not put on a defense, take the stand or give a closing argument.
Ramos will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m., December 9.