A Canton man, Theodore Louis Ramirez, 50, was sentenced recently for two separate incidents of aggravated assault. Both incidents involved victims living in Ramirez’s home, officials said.

According to the Cherokee County District Attorney’s office:

The August 2018 incident started with a disagreement over the setting of the air conditioning thermostat and ended with Ramirez threatening members of his household with a pistol, then firing a shot within a foot of his son’s head. The shot ultimately went through the ceiling and roof.

After a three-day trial, a Cherokee County jury found Ramirez guilty on Sept. 18, 2019 of family violence aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Superior Court Judge David L. Cannon Jr. on Oct. 31 sentenced Ramirez to 10 years, with the first two years to be served in confinement. Conditions of probation include no contact with the four victims, banishment from Cherokee County, and treatment for anger management.

“Mr. Ramirez intimidated and threatened multiple members of his household by pointing a pistol at them. His actions were dangerous and could have resulted in a fatality or serious injury,” said Assistant District Attorney David Holmes, who prosecuted the case.

During the sentencing hearing, Ramirez also entered a negotiated plea for a prior incident that occurred in March 2017. This charge was related to a physical altercation during which the defendant was charged with pushing and choking a member of his family. For that incident, Ramirez received a negotiated sentence of 12 months to serve for one count of battery.

“It’s disappointing to think that a man would handle family disagreements by threatening his loved ones in this manner,” District Attorney Shannon Wallace said. “This sentencing should provide peace of mind to the family while protecting them from this man’s violent behavior.”

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