04/13/2019 STATE V. RICARDO CARRILLO-SANTIAGO: SENTENCING

On January 31, 2019, Ricardo Carrillo-Santiago, 37, of Millville, New Jersey, was found guilty by a Cumberland County Jury of the following offenses:

1) Murder, 1st degree, with Aggravating Factors;
2) Murder, 1st degree, with Aggravating Factors;
3) Unlawful Disposal of Human Remains, 2nd degree.

On April 12, 2019, Carrillo-Santiago was sentenced by the Honorable Robert G. Malestein, J.S.C., as follows:

1) Murder, 1st degree, with Aggravating Factors: Term of Life Imprisonment Without the Possibility of Parole (term to be served in maximum security prison);
2) Murder, 1st degree, with Aggravating Factors: Term of Life Imprisonment Without the Possibility of Parole;
3) Unlawful Disposal of Human Remains, 2nd degree: Term of 10 years Imprisonment, With no Parole Disqualifier;

The sentence imposed for each Murder conviction shall run consecutive to each other, while the sentence imposed for the Unlawful Disposal of Human Remains shall run concurrent to the sentences imposed for each Murder conviction.

On December 1, 2015, family members of victims Neidy Ramirez and her three-month old child Genesis Ramirez responded to the Vineland Police Department after having been unable to locate or contact Neidy.  Investigation revealed that a witness observed Neidy’s vehicle abandoned by exit 45 on New Jersey Route 55.  Investigators ultimately determined that defendant Carrillo-Santiago murdered Neidy and Genesis at their Quince Street apartment and disposed of their bodies at a game preserve located off of Backneck Road in Fairfield Township.  Investigators responded to the game preserve and recovered the bodies of both victims.

The investigation was a joint effort between the Vineland Police Department (Lead Investigator Detective Miguel Rodriguez), New Jersey State Police, and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.  The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutors Lesley Snock and Angelica Carrasco.  The defendant was represented by Dinaz Akhtar, Esq.

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