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JONATHAN JAY RAMEY pleads guilty to animal abuse and arson after plea deal

- Iowa, USA -

On Thursday, February 9, 2023, 47-years-old JONATHAN JAY RAMEY (pictured), pleaded guilty to intentionally setting fire in a house with fifteen animals inside. Sadly, all animals were killed in the fire.

The incident happened on October 1, 2022, when RAMEY set fire in seven different places of the house where he lived, on 1730 11th Street NW.

Two smoke alarms had been removed from the building and RAMEY had texted the homeowner repeatedly that he would set fire to the home with the animals inside.

Four ducks, three rabbits, two dogs, two geese, two fish, a cat, and a snake lost their precious lives in the fire.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department arrested RAMEY on October 18, 2022, on an outstanding warrant for Arson 2nd Degree and fifteen counts of Animal Cruelty Causing Serious Injury or Death. He was then transported to the Linn County Jail.

A jury trial was scheduled to take place in mid-February 2023, but the murderer took a plea deal and on Thursday he pleaded guilty to ONLY one count of animal abuse and the arson charge.

This means that at sentencing, scheduled for April 11, 2023, the other fourteen animal abuse charges will be DROPPED!

The sentence for the arson charge, up to 10 years in prison, will run consecutive to the animal abuse charge, up to two years, for a total of 12 years.

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Judy A Canon
Judy A Canon
Feb 12, 2023

Another contestant for the cruelest human monster in America. So damned many psychotic animal abusers, due in part to the lackadaisical attitude the courts / judges have. Until all animal life’s truly count then the cruelty will continue. This horrible ugly man is being punished mostly for the arson, property matters more than the suffering deaths the animals endured. This is beyond shameful. This is in itself barbaric. Rest now all you beautiful souls. You matter.

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