An Aurora man charged with illegally possessing a handgun and fighting with a police officer trying to serve an arrest warrant has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, officials said.
Roberto B. Ramos, 29, of the 600 block of Hartford Avenue, was sentenced Thursday by Kane County Circuit Judge Karen Simpson, according to a news release from the Kane County state's attorney's office. A jury convicted him March 11 of armed violence, a Class X felony.
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Two Aurora officers saw Ramos outside of a home on the 700 block of East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, around 5 p.m. on July 27, 2012, the release said. The officers approached Ramos to serve the arrest warrant, but Ramos reached for his waistband and tried to run, prosecutors said.
One of the officers attempted to subdue Ramos, prosecutors said. However, Ramos resisted, turned to run and pushed the officer. Ramos then pulled a .380-caliber handgun from his waistband, threw it toward an acquaintance and told the acquaintance to take it and run, the news release said. The second officer then helped to subdue and arrest Ramos.
The handgun, which was loaded, was recovered by police before the acquaintance could grab it, officials said. The officer who fought with Ramos was injured but has since recovered.
Ramos had been convicted in 2011 of aggravated domestic battery, which prohibits him from possessing a handgun.
He told police after his July 2012 arrest that he had the gun to protect himself from rival gang members.
Ramos will receive credit for time he's served in the Kane County jail since his arrest.