Ailing robbery victim’s son takes stand

TRACEY RAMSAY

BY STACI WILSON

The son of the elderly Susquehanna man who was dragged from his vehicle and pushed to the ground addressed the court Thursday Tracey Ramsay was sentenced for the robbery.

Edward Osterhout said he had waited five months to address Ramsay face-to-face about her attack on his father.

“You had no right to do what you did. You expedited his path to the grave,” Osterhout said. “I hold you responsible for that.”

Although the victim showed no initial complications from the attack, in the months since Osterhout told the court his father has suffered significant health issues.

He also said that because of the blood and drug paraphernalia found when the vehicle was recovered, the pickup truck was “totaled” as a biohazard.

Ramsay was sentenced by President Judge Kenneth Seamans to serve two and one-half to 10 years in state prison, followed by five years probation for the Oct. 13, 2011 robbery by motor vehicle.

Prior to sentencing, Ramsay said, “I’m sorry for what I did.”

Public Defender Linda La Barbera acknowledged the “devastating effects” the incident had on the victim and said Ramsay was prepared to go to state prison.

District Attorney Jason Legg said Ramsay was on supervision for taking a car without permission at the time of the October incident.

“Here she is again,” Legg said. “An elderly victim was pulled from his vehicle and thrown to the ground.”

Legg asked the court to consider sentencing Ramsay to the 20-year maximum allowed in the felony case.

Judge Seamans ordered theSusquehannaCountysentence run concurrent with a 16-36 month conspiracy-burglary sentenced handed down March 6 inLackawannaCounty.

Police located Ramsay inPhiladelphiafive days after the incident.

Daniel Bentz, 31, Susquehanna, was also charged in connection with the case and is awaiting trial.