Shortly before noon on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in Room Two of the New Criminal Justice System in Mexicali, the sentencing reading hearing was held, the first by femicide in Baja California, an entity in which Mexicali pioneered the establishment of this new system in August 2010. Six years later it came into force throughout the state.
At this hearing that lasted only 15 minutes, the alleged perpetrator, Cristian Ruiz Pérez, the murderer of his ex-partner, Brenda Patricia Ramírez González, received an 18-year prison sentence, this is because the parties accepted an abbreviated trial, an option proposed by the prosecution and in which the accused accepts his guilt and receives a lesser sentence.
In Baja California, the femicide crime was criminalized only in February 2015 and according to the local penal code, the penalty can range from 20 to 50 years in prison.
Brenda Patricia was found murdered, hanged, on the morning of Monday, October 26, 2015 at her home—where she lived alone—and immediately suspicions pointed to her ex-partner, Cristian Ruiz Pérez, from whom she had been separated for three years but continued to harass her, threatened her, beat her, until he finally killed her.
The assailant was on the fugitive for nine months until 12 July 2016 he was arrested in Mexicali by Officers of the State Preventive Police. Before state policemen he accepted that he was addicted to glass, using «a daily globito…».
In reading the sentence, Judge Ana María Elías included in the punishment the imposition of damages amounting to 718,661 pesos in addition to a verbal warning.
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Brenda Patricia and Cristian married by civil route on June 17, 2011, in the offices of the Palaco delegation (in the eastern part of Mexicali) she was 16 years old and said before the judge to be a student, he was 18 years old and in his profession settled, to be a «supplier».
Both lived in the el Condor colony area, a popular fractionation implemented by Infonavit in southeastern Mexicali.
But honey lasted very little, barely a year and a half. «She left him because he was a drug addict, violent, he wouldn’t let her out of her house, she locked her up,» says one of the young woman’s sisters in reference to the boy who worked as a waiter at the Hooters restaurant-bar.
After the wedding, the young half walked away from her family, but sometimes, when they managed to visit her, they noticed traces of blows. One day her sisters visited her, the then husband,» he was evidently high, took her out and forging her into the house they shared.
On another occasion, Brenda Patricia spoke to one of her sisters, she was very frightened. «Come, help me,» she said, «she’s got me locked up, I can’t get out.» As they went, they noticed that the front door of the house, had a chain that crossed an hourdation on the wall and included the wooden door, the padlock closed it on the outside.
In the wake of so much conflict, she chose to leave him, but she could never get rid of him. «He assaulted her, beat her on public roads, she was hiding, so hard five years,» says the relative of the murdered girl. At the time, Brenda Patricia went on numerous occasions to sue the ex-aggressor for violence, mistreatment and attempted kidnapping.
The authorities’ attitude was that nothing could be done in these demands because there was no flagrance. «So for them to listen to me I have to be dead?» asked Brenda Patricia outraged one of the agents of the prosecutor’s office.
According to his relatives, in the last year there were about seven allegations filed for the assaults of the man with which he was more than three years apart.
From the middle of last year, Brenda Patricia lived alone in the house that had been her parents—who moved to Los Angeles—there in El Condor at 3469 Swan Avenue, where the family lived for years and where they had also set up a small grocery business, which no longer worked.
«He touched me many times, when we visited her and he would come, break the glass of the cart, insult us, throw stones at us,» says one of Brenda Patricia’s sisters, who still remembers her ex-brother’s cries for her young sister.
«You’re never going to be happy!
You’re always going to be mine!»
Other times he’d come in at dawn, touch the windows, try to get in. When they spoke to emergency number 066, the police were either not arriving or doing so late.
At the time, the young woman, who studied open care and worked in a refresher shop, often said she wanted to join the ranks of the State Preventive Police with the idea of poder protect other women who lived hell from harassment.
Brenda Patricia had been living alone for three months, had seven months with a boyfriend her own age, Irving Ulysses, and before that she walked with another boy who was only known as Nestor, aka El Pit, with whom she ended up because he also beat her.
Cristian Ruiz Pérez, her ex-husband and aggressor, had had a woman’s name tattooed on her chest, «Paty» and before the incident she had about a month that she had not been sought after, harassed, which Brenda Patricia herself missed, «I find it strange that she didn’t come looking for me…», she told her sisters, joking.
According to her sisters, she was very happy with her new boyfriend, she enjoyed love.
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At 5:27 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2015, Irving Ulysses received on his Facebook a rare message sent from a contact he did not recognize, Pablo Ortiz, and which left him uneasy: «Hey, go see how your girlfriend is, I heard some bad rumors…»
An hour later he was knocking on the door overlooking Swan Street, there in the El Condor fraction, at his girlfriend’s house. But there was no answer, he shouted, he played again, insistently, without achieving any results. Around 8:00 in the morning she got another message «You already went with her, they’re saying he killed her at home, I don’t know her well but I was worried about that…»
One of the neighbors noticed the boyfriend’s presence and spoke to Nancy Lizbeth, sister of Brenda Patricia, who, along with her husband, arrived minutes later with the keys she had from the home. The last time I’d seen her alive was the previous Friday.
The construction of the house reaches the perimeter of the stool—there they had the groceries before—and their sister found it strange that the first sheet metal on the metal door was open, and the second door did have a padlock—on the outside—but the second sheet was open, only with the doorknob lock. They came in and noticed that the second door, one of glass that Brenda Patricia always had open, was closed.
When she opened that glass door, on the coffee armchair in the living room was Brenda Patricia, she looked asleep and with her back to the TV on. He wore black shorts and a refresher’s T-shirt where he worked, under it a pink fiucha top. She had sand on her feet and when she tried to wake her up, she never moved, turned her over and noticed she was cold, dead.
The autopsy showed that he had died of choking by strangulation and all suspicions pointed to the harassing ex-husband.
In fact, some of the neighbors—who knew Brenda Patricia and her lifelong family—realized how about 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, Cristian Ruiz Pérez, aka El Marak, arrived, shouting insistently for Paty, as I was saying, to open him up. A neighbor says she went three times around because she went out to talk on the pay phone.
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The first was around 9:00 at night and there was El Marak, screaming. On the second lap, he realized that Brenda Patricia opened but they chatted through the fence, he from the outside and it seems that’s how they lasted a long time. On their third outing on the pay phone, around 11:30 p.m., they were gone.
One of the most significant versions was that of a friend of El Marak, who told the authorities how on Sunday afternoon he was drinking beer with his friend Cristian Ruiz Pérez, visited some friends and continued to drink. Around 9:00 p.m., when they returned there to the El Condor fraction, they passed through the house of el Marak’s ex-partner and he asked her to stop, that she was going to get off. After leaving, his friend continued to his home where other acquaintances arrived and continued to deliver.
He recalled that around 11:30 p.m. The Marak returned there with them, but he came very serious, de mute, did not understand what he meant and had to write on his cell phone the message «I fucked my ruca…», was the only information and he claims that he thought he had hit her, besides that it was not the first time. He says they kept drinking, other friends arrived, then left and then fell asleep there in his car seat, outside his mom’s house, where they were drinking. The lady in her statement settled that around 7:00 in the morning she went out and there she was, alone and awake El Marak, looked nervous and put him in to lie there for a while in the living room. Hours later he got up and left.
Originally, a criminal judge issued on December 3, 2015 an arrest warrant against Cristian Ruiz Pérez as allegedly responsible in the daggravated homicide on a kinship and it was until July 12, 2016 that he was arrested by Officers of the State Preventive Police of Baja California, right there in Mexicali.
In his opening statement he agreed to be addicted to glass from seven years ago, consuming «a globito» daily.
He was linked to femicide prosecution by Judge Sara Perdomo, and on August 10, 2016, public prosecutor Consuelo García filed the proposal to conduct an abbreviated trial—where the defendant accepts his guilt after offering him a misdemeanor—and on Monday, August 22, was the acceptance hearing.
«I always refused the abbreviated trial, I didn’t want it, but I didn’t have enough evidence to go on either. I had the demands, but they, in the attorney’s office, gave me pretexts, told me they weren’t enough. What I know is that the public prosecutors, the moment they want to cut the case, want to leave it there. I stressed,» said Brenda Lizbeth, the sister of the murdered young woman who as a family representative signed the agreement.
On Wednesday, August 24, Judge Ana María Elías González headed the sentencing reading hearing that included an 18-year prison sentence—two less than the minimum—for a femicide officer. Damage repair for 718,661 pesos was also included.
«Because he has no assets, forget about that money,» the Public Prosecutor’s Office clarified to the victim’s sister.
In the Baja California Penal Code there is a chapter—the vii—that has to do with the admonition, and verbatim includes:
Article 66.- Concept.- The admonition consists of the warning that the Judge addresses to the convicted person, making him see the consequences of the crime he committed by exhorting him to the amendment and calling on him to avoid his recidivism. This demonstration will be made in public or privately as it seems prudent to the Judge.
At that hearing where the first femicide sentence was handed down, Judge Elijah verbally urged her «not to commit any more crimes and that these years in prison serve her to reflect on her conduct so that she may be able to reintegrate into society and not to commit delinquery again…»
This chapter of the book: «Life in Pink… Mexicali’s dead are reproduced with the authorization of Sergio Haro Cordero’s family and the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC).
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