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Corona man pleads guilty to ‘02 murder

A man who pleaded guilty to stomping a Corona woman to death as part of a robbery that netted just $5 will face 22 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Warlin Ramirez, 25, also of Corona, admitted to first-degree manslaughter in the 2002 incident last Thursday before Queens Supreme Court Judge Robert Hanophy. He will be sentenced on May 20, the DA said.

"He admitted his guilt and he agreed to that sentence," said Ramirez's attorney, Russell Rothberg. "The record speaks for itself."

On Dec. 12, 2002, Ramirez and two accomplices who have not been apprehended spotted the victim, 57-year-old Malaysian immigrant Say Mee Ngu, getting off the Q58 bus after shopping for groceries near the Flushing hair salon where she worked.

The three men knocked Ngu to the ground and Ramirez began stomping on her face and chest while she screamed, Brown said. The men fled and met up later at a Laundromat, where Ramirez told them the woman only had $5, the DA said.

Ramirez then stood in a puddle of water, trying to wash the blood from his sneakers, Brown said.

Ngu was found barely alive and taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she died, the DA said.

Ramirez was arrested on Sept. 7, 2006, nearly four years after the crime, when detectives from the 110th Precinct received a tip that tied the blood on the tennis shoes, found in Ramirez's home, to the victim.

"He pleaded guilty just as his trial was about to get under way," Brown said in a statement.

Reach reporter Jeremy Walsh by e-mail at jwalsh@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 154.

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