Appeal denied for man convicted of killing Outlook family when he was 14

Appeal denied for man convicted of killing Outlook family when he was 14
Photo: Yakima Herald-Republic

A man convicted of killing an Outlook family in 1993 when he was 14 has been denied a chance to appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Joel Ramos argued that he was wrongly sentenced as an adult to 85 years in prison because he was a juvenile when the crimes occurred, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic.

He was sentenced to four consecutive 20-year-sentences plus an addition five years after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in Yakima County Superior Court.

He was charged in the murder of Michael and Lynn Skelton along with their sons Jason, 12, and Bryan, 6, inside their home.

According to prosecutors, he and another 14-year-old, Miguel Gaitan, forced their way into the family’s home. Gaitan stabbed and bludgeoned the three eldest while Ramos killed the youngest, who was hiding in his bedroom, because he posed a threat as a witness.