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Guilty plea in downtown shooting

Guilty plea in downtown shooting

A city man faces up to 10 years in state prison after admitting Thursday to firing a weapon in downtown last year, prosecutors said.

Ramell Steward, 30, formerly of Steinmetz Homes, pleaded guilty to the entire indictment against him, accepting a plea offer directly from Judge Matthew Sypniewski.

Sypniewski is to determine Steward's final sentence, anywhere from seven years to 10 years, at Steward's March sentencing.

No one was hurt in the March 27, 2016 incident, but one of the shots is believed to have gone through a window at the then-empty office of attorney John Della Ratta.

Steward admitted to firing from the Barrett Street side of the downtown Citizens Bank, 501 State St.

Police responded to a fight nearby and then a fight in the bank lot. Police said both Steward and Ronald Diggs, 25, of Grant Avenue, pulled handguns.

Officers witnessed Steward firing, but did not witness Diggs. Steward fired slightly upward, then hesitated before dropping his gun on officers' orders. He then fled. Officers arrested both Diggs and Steward nearby.

The prosecutor later commended officers for showing restraint, saying he believes officers could have fired on Steward.

Diggs pleaded guilty to a weapons count last year and received four years in state prison in December. Steward is represented by attorney Adam Parisi.

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