Fa­ther con­victed of mur­der­ing tod­dler son for life in­sur­ance

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

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.

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