The main suspect in the vicious beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow was ordered to prison Monday for violating his parole because of a firearm found in his home by Los Angeles police during his May 22 arrest in connection with the attack.
At a court hearing in Los Angeles Monday, County Deputy Commissioner Ali Zarrinnam found good cause that 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez had violated his probation for "access to a weapon by a felon," according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino.
Prosecutors have not filed criminal assault charges against Ramirez, adding to uncertainty about the quality of evidence police have against him so far.
Ramirez’s attorney has said his client has an alibi.
"You can only speculate, but ... the DA must feel that whatever evidence they have is not admissible evidence or sufficient evidence," said Golden Gate University law professor Peter Keane.
Los Angeles police released a statement Monday that they are still "actively working on the case" and continue to seek leads from the public.
On May 22, police described Ramirez as the "primary aggressor" in the March 31 assault outside Dodger Stadium that left Stow, a father of two from Santa Cruz, hospitalized with brain damage.
Keane said it’s not uncommon for police to pursue a parole violation while building a case, and to keep a suspect in custody while the case is developing.
"The cops must have felt that they had something," Keane said. "They’re relying on the probation revocation proceedings to try to keep him in on totally separate grounds."
Patino said Zarrinnam amended the parole violation from firearms possession to access because "the commissioner didn’t see evidence of actual possession, but the simple access by a felon to a weapon is a violation of his conditions of parole."
According to Board of Parole Hearings records, LAPD detectives found the gun hidden beneath clothing in a laundry basket next to the downstairs bathroom in the home where Ramirez had been staying for about three months. Ramirez lived in the upstairs bedroom.
Ramirez was previously convicted of firearms possession in 2005, and this is his third parole violation since then, Patino said. He was ordered Monday to serve 10 months in prison for the violation.