WOODLAND, CA – A man set to be sentenced to 13 years in prison for a hate crime attack on a taxi driver in West Sacramento last Nov. 28, withdrew his guilty plea in court Friday morning.
Pedro Ramirez had admitted in a plea agreement with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office to beating Harbhajan Singh because of his belief Singh was a Muslim. Singh is Sikh.
At Friday’s hearing, Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall assigned a new attorney to Martinez and ordered his return to court April 15.
During the attack, Ramirez accused Harbhajan Singh of being a Muslim and referred to him as Osama bin Laden. He turned himself in several days later and plead guilty to hate crime and assault charges.