STOCKTON -- Through sobs, Karen Farmer tried to talk about the day she lost her daughter, Misty Holt-Singh.
“I can’t do it. I can’t do it,” Farmer eventually said in court.
While her emotions eventually overcame her, there were no words, no tears, not even a glance from the two men found responsible for Misty’s death. Misty’s cousin eventually read the letter but still, Jaime Ramos and Pablo Ruvalcaba remained un-phased. On Tuesday, Ramos was sentenced to life in prison while Ruvalcaba will spend the next 25 years behind bars.
“The fact that Mr. Ramos will never see the light of day was sufficient for us at this point,” Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau of San Joaquin County said.
The district attorney’s office said on July 16, 2014, Ruvalcaba dropped Ramos and two other suspects, Gilbert Renteria and Alex Martinez, at a Stockton Bank of the West so the three men could rob the bank.
They took Misty as one of their hostages.
“She begged and pleaded for them to leave her that her 12-year-old daughter was in the car waiting for her,” the cousin said.
A shoot out with officers from the Stockton Police Department went down. The only survivor was Ramos.
“As for you Jaime Ramos, I will never believe you used my daughter when the bullets started flying,” Misty’s mother wrote in the letter.
Paul Singh, Misty’s husband told us, life without her has been rough on him and their two kids.
“The emptiness will always be there, but we will always remember Misty for the most amazing person she was,” Singh said.
While he found some solace that her killers are in prison, it doesn’t replace the hole now there, doesn’t replace the life he could have had if Misty was still here,“(We’ll) always have Misty in our thoughts and we’ll just continue pressing forward,” he said.
Ruvalcalba will be eligible for parole in about 25 years. However, the deputy district attorney said that may not necessarily mean that he’ll be released from prison. Their office also said the death penalty was an option.
Misty’s family is preparing for their annual golf tournament in honor of her, that will take place in August.