A New York City man accused of killing 44-year-old St. Johnsbury resident wants to be released from jail

A New York City man accused of killing 44-year-old St. Johnsbury resident Vincent Keithan earlier this year wants to be released from jail pending trial. Jerry “Mike” Ramirez, 35, is being held without bail on charges of aggravated assault and 2nd-degree murder for allegedly shooting Keithan to death in the parking lot of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in March. But on Aug. 23, his defense attorney, Rob Sussman of Burlington, asked the court to consider releasing Ramirez into the custody of his parents, Margarita Ramirez, 61, and Juan Ramirez, 59, at their home in Brooklyn, New York. A hearing on the request has been scheduled in Caledonia Superior Court at 9 a.m. on Sept. 28 before Judge Justin P. Jiron. Ramirez has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is facing a possible life sentence if convicted.