■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor
Daniel Ramirez, 25, was gunned down on a Hemet street and a juvenile companion was shot in the face last November. Ramirez died, and his murder case quickly went cold.
After five months and near constant appearances at Hemet City Council meetings by his mother, Corinna Moreno-Ramirez, Hemet Police Chief David Brown requested and the City Council authorized a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Less than a week after the reward was authorized, Manuel Oláez, 23, and Moses Oláez, 20, were arrested on April 6 by Hemet Police Investigations Bureau.
The Oláez brothers’ arraignment was originally scheduled April 11 in Superior Court of Riverside County at the Banning Justice Center, but the case was continued to April 25, where both brothers entered a plea of not guilty. According to court officials, a felony settlement conference is set for May 19 in Department B101 of the Banning Justice Center.
A felony settlement conference occurs when the prosecuting and defense attorneys meet in the judge’s chambers to determine whether a plea deal can be struck in order to avoid trial. If the plea is approved, sentencing is imposed. If a plea agreement cannot be reached, a date for trial is set.