What was the outcome of the boys that killed one of their buddies on the river with a sword or something over a girlfriend?
– Stepside Sally, Sacramento
You may be referring to the 1997 slaying of 16-year-old Eric O. Ingebretsen outside Colusa in July 1997.
Two youths, described as friends of Ingebretsen, were charged with murder in the case. Nathan J. Ramazzini was convicted of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of “lying in wait” and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Leo Contreras accepted a plea bargain from prosecutors in exchange for a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
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According to stories in The Bee, Ramazzini and Contreras picked up Ingebretsen, a Colusa High School student, about 9 p.m. July 15, 1997, when he got off work at the Holiday Market in downtown Colusa. Ramazzini had borrowed his father’s car, and he drove to a spot near the Sacramento River. Ingebretsen was beaten with a baseball bat, stabbed repeatedly and his throat slit.
The only indication of the motive for the killing was testimony by a 16-year-old friend who said Ramazzini told him Ingebretsen had angered him by suggesting that he was submissive to girls.
Ramazzini, now 33 years old, is incarcerated at High Desert State Prison in Susanville. Contreras, 36, is at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.