Father convicted of murdering toddler son for life insurance
Joaquin Shadow Rams plotted to kill his infant son from nearly the time he was born, finally snuffing out his life at age 15 months when the opportunity presented itself, a Virginia judge ruled Thursday.
Rams was convicted of capital murder in the 2012 death of Prince McLeod Rams and will be sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Randy Bellows, reading from a 62-page ruling for more than two hours, methodically dismissed the suggestion that Prince died a natural death, concluding instead that Rams planned to kill his son ever since he took out life insurance policies totaling more than $500,000 in September 2011, when Prince was only two months old.
Prince’s death fits a pattern of misfortune that has befallen those close to Rams. His ex-girlfriend was shot and killed in 2003.
His mother died in 2008 in what was initially ruled a suicide. Rams tried to collect on life insurance policies in both cases, collecting more than $150,000 on his mother’s policy.
Prosecutors say Rams is a suspect in both cases and authorities will decide later whether to bring charges.