Man gets 95 years for Carroll home invasion

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November 18, 2005|By SHERIDAN LYONS | SHERIDAN LYONS,SUN REPORTER

A Westminster man received consecutive prison sentences totaling 95 years yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court for the 2004 home invasion and shooting of the Taylorsville-area landscape company owner for whom he once worked.

Edinson Herrera Ramirez, 41, of the 300 block of Main St. was convicted by a jury July 15 on 11 counts, including burglary, conspiracy, use of a handgun, armed robbery and assault on Linda L. and Rodney N. Hidey. He was sentenced by Judge Thomas F. Stansfield.

Ramirez carried a sawed-off shotgun and co-defendant Jerry Leroy Burkett, 61, had a revolver when they masked themselves and broke into the Hideys' home in the 3100 block of Ridge Road about 10 p.m. Oct. 11, 2004, according to Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes.

Linda Hidey and her 7-year-old daughter were bound, and Rodney Hidey was beaten and shot in the leg with a handgun before the two men fled with cash from a safe in the basement, Barnes said.

Barnes said Ramirez had helped to carry the safe into the basement about five years before when he worked for Hidey's Landscape Supply Yard LLC, next door to the home.

The case was unsolved until January, when Burkett's wife, Naomi Ruth Burkett, 70, walked into the state police barracks in Westminster and confessed that she had driven her husband and Ramirez that night, Barnes said.

Naomi Burkett, of Finksburg, testified against Ramirez at his trial as part of a plea agreement. She was released after serving a jail term on her guilty pleas to armed robbery, assault and conspiracy. Her husband was sentenced to 30 years in August, after pleading guilty to burglary, assault, armed robbery, conspiracy, theft and use of a handgun.

Noting that the Hideys remain traumatized, Barnes said yesterday, "This is a crime that only deserves true punishment - nothing more, nothing less - to send a message out into the community that this kind of horrific crime will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely."sherry.lyons@baltsun.com

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