Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of Duquesne Student

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of Duquesne Student

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A man pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder in the shooting two years ago of a Duquesne University student.

Kristopher Lott, 24, will serve 27½ to 60 years in prison for killing Ryan Ramirez, 21, of Kennedy.

There is still a case pending against Lott's co-defendant, Lauren O'Connor.

Deputy District Attorney Bill Petulla told Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Beth A. Lazzara during the hearing that Ms. O'Connor met with Ramirez on Aug. 22, 2016, and then traveled with him to Settler's Cabin Park in Allegheny County, where they met up with Lott.

Lott almost immediately became aggressive and started assaulting Mr. Ramirez and demanding money, the prosecutor said. They drove to a nearby PNC Bank where Lott forced Mr. Ramirez to empty his bank accounts.

They totaled $78.

The group then left in the car, and eventually pulled over in a remote area of Hanover on Steubenville Pike. Lott got Mr. Ramirez out of the car, shot him in the forehead, and he and Ms. O'Connor left, returning to her parents' home in Robinson.

Later that night, Robinson police were called to the neighborhood for a report of two people loitering outside. When police questioned Ms. O'Connor and Lott, officers discovered the pair had a handgun with them that later matched the weapon that killed Mr. Ramirez, whose body was found three days later.

During the sentencing hearing, several members of Mr. Ramirez's family told Judge Lazzara that he was a kind, sensitive, giving man who was great with children and hoped to be a teacher one day.

His parents described their son as highly competitive, quick-witted, friendly and helpful.

John Ramirez said that he coached his son in baseball and wrestling, and even though he was so competitive, during baseball games Ryan would take himself out of the game so others could get playing time to share in the love of the sport.

Once at Duquesne, Mr. …

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