Herminia Gonzalez said she has been waiting for justice since May 20, 2016. That’s the day her son, Freddie Dizon, was shot and killed in the Anchor Bar restaurant on Main Street.
On Tuesday, Gonzalez said justice was finally — and fully — served.
A Buffalo man who was the “getaway driver” in the fatal shooting of Dizon was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in prison.
Gregory Ramos, 27, the “accomplice,” and the shooter, Jorge Suarez, also of Buffalo, drove to the Anchor Bar on Main Street to kill Dizon, a kitchen worker, after a private dispute, prosecutors said.
Suarez entered the back of the restaurant during its dinner hour and fatally shot Dizon, 32, of Buffalo. Ramos drove Suarez away from the Anchor Bar, prosecutors said.
“I will never forgive him for what he did to me and my family,” said Gonzalez, of Ramos, in Erie County Court on Tuesday.
Ramos, who is also known by the street name “Prospect,” was convicted in May by a jury of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon for his involvement in Dizon’s death.
State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on Tuesday sentenced Ramos to five years in prison for the weapons charge. That time will be served concurrently under Ramos’ separate sentencing of 20 years to life in prison for the murder charge, Burns said.
Ramos slightly shook his head and replied “No,” when asked by Burns if he had anything to say Tuesday.
District Attorney John J. Flynn told reporters he was “very pleased” by the sentencing.
“Hopefully (Ramos) spends the rest of his life in jail,” Flynn said. “Obviously, he’s an individual that deserved to be off the streets.”
Ramos is no stranger to court proceedings. He pleaded guilty to second-degree strangulation in March 2017, after Flynn said he struck his girlfriend the night of the Anchor Bar shooting. He’s also awaiting sentencing in federal court, Flynn said.
A jury in March 2017 found Ramos guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a person with a domestic violence order of protection.
Federal prosecutors said that, during a high speed chase in Niagara Falls on May 23, 2016, Ramos threw bags of cocaine and a gun out of his vehicle, striking police cruisers.
Gonzalez told reporters on Tuesday she was thankful to local enforcement authorities for their involvement in the Anchor Bar case, and Ramos’ arrest. She noted that she and both her son and daughter worked at the restaurant.
“They’re a second family to us,” Gonzalez said. “That day, I got off at work at 5 p.m., and he went in. Half an hour, or an hour, I got a phone call that my son got shot. And it’s been pretty hard for us.
“My grandkids miss their dad, and I miss my son so much.”