April 18, 2016
Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced the filing of a criminal complaint against former High Desert State Prison Correctional Officer Trainee Raynaldo J. Ramos, 37, of Las Vegas. Ramos is charged with one count of the performance of an act in reckless disregard of persons or property resulting in death, a category “C” felony and one count of involuntary manslaughter, a category “D” felony, for his role in the death of inmate Carlos Perez. The alleged crime was committed in November 2014.
It is alleged that Ramos, while serving as a Correctional Officer Trainee at High Desert State Prison, shot inmate Carlos Perez in the chest, neck and head, resulting in his death.
“As attorney general, I do not take lightly charging a correctional officer, but based on the available evidence, prosecutors in my Office believe criminal charges are warranted,” said Laxalt.
The case was investigated by the Nevada Division of Public Safety, and is being prosecuted by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. In general, a criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
The criminal complaint filed against Renaldo J. Ramos is attached.