Couple, Man Convicted In Connection With Plot to Kill Mother

A woman, her husband and a second man have been convicted of various charges in connection with an unsuccessful plot to kill the woman's mother, who was bludgeoned with a baseball bat in her Long Beach home, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Holly Ramos, 43, was convicted Thursday of one count each of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, home invasion robbery, second-degree commercial burglary and grand theft of labor, along with two counts of forgery.

She is facing up to 49 years and eight months to life in state prison, with sentencing set Jan. 8.

Ramos' husband, Frank Haverly, 42, was convicted Tuesday of one count each of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and home invasion robbery.

He is facing 49 years to life in state prison, with sentencing set Jan. 22.

Co-defendant Keith Phillips, 52, was convicted of home invasion robbery, with jurors finding true allegations that Phillips personally used a bat and personally inflicted great bodily injury during the Oct. 11, 2013, attack on Ramos' mother.

Phillips is facing 11 years in state prison, with sentencing scheduled Feb. 5.

Three separate juries heard the cases against Ramos, Haverly and Phillips.

Ramos' mother was repeatedly bludgeoned on the head during the attack.

Prosecutors said Ramos' mother had discovered that her daughter was forging checks from her bank account, and had petitioned for custody of Ramos' two young children who had been placed in foster care after Ramos' September 2013 arrest in connection with drug possession and child endangerment charges in Monterey County.

Haverly and Ramos subsequently hired Phillips to rob and kill Ramos' mother, according to prosecutors.

Phillips gave his real name when he went to visit Ramos' mother at her home under the guise of being a social worker from Monterey there to do a home inspection, then struck her on the head twice when her back was turned during a tour of the home, according to prosecutors.

Police said that officers found the severely beaten woman after responding to a report of a person screaming near 69th Place and Ocean Boulevard.

Detectives initially thought the case may have involved a random home invasion robbery, but uncovered evidence of the murder plot directed at the woman by her daughter and son-in-law, police said shortly after the three were arrested in October 2013.

The woman suspected her family members were involved and helped detectives gather evidence, according to police.

DNA analysis was used to link Phillips to the attack, according to police, who said detectives obtained corroborating evidence that Ramos and her husband were associates of Phillips.

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