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Man from El Salvador Sentenced for Perth Amboy Murder

Perth Amboy

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a man from El Salvador has been sentenced to serve 25 years in a New Jersey state prison for aggravated manslaughter in the death of an 18-year old Perth Amboy man.


Officials say Francisco Carlos Ramires “aka” Carlos Campos, 22, of El Salvador

was sentenced on January 4, 2019, for the killing of Jose David Guardado – Leiva, who was found dead on August 25, 2017 on Conrail property near William Street in Perth Amboy.


Ramires was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for aggravated manslaughter.  The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act. As such, the defendant will have to serve 85 percent of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole.


Authorities say he was sentenced in accordance with a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Dize and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Vanessa Craveiro. Ramires pleaded guilty on October 12, 2018, to first degree aggravated manslaughter.


In pleading guilty, Ramires admitted to killing the 18-year-old victim, Jose David Guardado - Leiva on August 25, 2017. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner determined that the victim died from multiple stab wounds to the head, neck and torso.


Officials say Ramires who was living in East Boston, Massachusetts, was apprehended by Boston Police, on September 1st, 2017 on unrelated charges. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office was notified of his apprehension, he was subsequently arrested, charged with first degree murder, and was extradited to New Jersey.


The defendant was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Dennis Marte of the Perth Amboy Police Department, and Sergeant Wayne Canastra, Sergeant Felix De La Cruz, and Detective Michael Connelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.