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South Dakota board denies parole for Ramos

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SPRINGFIELD -- The South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied parole for a man serving prison time for the 1994 killing of his pregnant girlfriend.

Joaquin Jack Ramos pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the 1994 shooting of 27-year-old Debbie Martines in Rapid Valley.

Ramos' supporters argued that the 45-year-old man has served his time and is not the same man he was two decades ago.

Martines' family says Ramos remains a danger to women and children.

Parole board member Dave Nelson said Tuesday there's a chance Ramos could be paroled someday, "but not today."

Former Gov. Mike Rounds in his final term in 2010 commuted Ramos' sentence from life to 150 years, making Ramos eligible for parole. Rounds later wrote the board saying he opposes parole.

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