NORWICH — Convicted murderer Ganesh R. Ramsaran was sentenced to an indetermine sentence of 25 years to life in prison this morning in Chenango County Court.
After a trial spanning approximately three weeks and jury deliberations lasting just more than three hours, Ramsaran was found guilty of murdering his wife on Sept. 23, 2014.
Based upon evidence — which was said throughout the trial to be largely circumstantial — the jury was convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Ramsaran had killed Jennifer Ramsaran in their home on Dec. 11, 2012.
Prior to any statements regarding sentencing today, Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. asked Ramsaran’s defense counsel, Giberto Garcia, if there were any discrepancies in the pre-sentencing report that was completed by the Chenango County Probation Department.
Garcia said he has not spoken to his client – prior to today – since his arrest on another matter, and he found the lack of communication to be a bit unusual.
Ramsaran addressed the court and said the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office denied him access to call his attorney. McBride said he checked with the Corrections Sgt. and he said there were no calls during his shift.
“When my client tells me he was not allowed to call me, that presents a problem,” said Garcia. Although he said they were ultimately prepared to continue with the sentencing.
“Judge, the victim’s family is here in court today, but they do not wish to speak today,” said McBride to the court when Revoir offered the victim’s family an opportunity to address the court.
“He (Ramsaran) stands convicted of killing his wife Jennifer,” said McBride. “I’ve never seen a case where a man does this for purely selfish reasons. Jennifer’s life was taken on Dec. 11, 2012. Not only was it unjust to Jennifer, but also to her family, her children, and the community.”
Ramsaran reported his wife missing the night of Dec 11, 2012, and said she left to shop in Syracuse but hadn’t returned. According to Ramsaran, it was unusual for Jennifer to not be in contact with him throughout the day, either via phone or text.