On Oct. 13, 2022, Desmen Ramsey, 58, was drinking heavily and got into a dispute with his son when he made the phone calls. Prosecutors said Ramsey thought he was calling a friend who was a member of a motorcycle club.
That was not the case, as Ramsey was calling Budget Dumpster Company in Westlake and left three voicemails for the company.
In the first message, Ramsey named his son and said, “It’s a five grand hit on him. I don’t give a f— where he’s at or what he’s doing or who he be with. Kill that b—-.”
The second voicemail was blank, but Ramsey left a third message asking his friend to call him back “ASAP, “ adding, “It’s business. This ain’t bulls—.”
Employees at the dumpster company discovered the voicemails the next morning and the caller ID showed Ramsey’s name and phone number.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia said the company’s vice president called Cleveland police and they were “less than helpful” and suggested they reach out to the FBI, who was “also less than helpful.”
However, detectives from the Westlake police used cell phone tower data to track Ramsey’s phone and arrested him the same day.
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After his arrest, Ramsey admitted to making the call and said to himself that he was “headed to jail for a drunk mistake,” officials said.
Ramsey was initially charged with two counts of complicity, which carried a potential life sentence. On March 6, Ramsey pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
During his sentencing, Ramsey broke down in tears and said he didn’t believe the plan would be carried out. “That’s my baby boy,” he said. “I would die before I’d let anything happen to my children.”
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