Woman jailed after stabbing identical twin sister to death in drunken fight

A mum who knifed her identical twin sister to death in a drunken brawl wept as she apologised to her family in court.

Amanda Ramirez spent a night drinking with her twin Anna and a friend in Camden, New Jersey, before they returned to Centennial Village in the early hours.

The pair began to exchange heated words in a verbal fight that escalated into a physical exchange outside the apartment at around 5.40am on June 22.

Ramirez plunged a knife once into Anna's chest, she later told a court. A witness told police she heard the dying twin exclaim "Amanda, you stabbed me" as she lay bleeding on the ground.


Anna died of the stab wound in hospital less than an hour after the incident.

Speaking before her sentence was handed down at Camden County Superior Court on Thursday, the 27-year-old broke down into tears as she read out an apology.

"If I could take back what I did I would in a heartbeat," she said, NJ.com reported.

"Having to live with the fact that she’s no longer alive is devastating."

Ramirez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter on September 5.
While she admitted stabbing her sister, she claimed not to know what they were fighting about.

Jordan Zeitz, mitigating, said his client had not dealt with postnatal depression that had led her down an emotional spiral of self-medicaiton.

He said the sentence the judge was going to hand down would pale in comparison to the "life sentence she is already serving".

Two of Ramirez's sisters asked Judge Edward McBride to be lenient in his sentencing.
One of the sisters, Biana Medina, 16, said the bond between her twins had been "unbreakable", according to NJ.com.

Monica Medina, 19, told the court her family were now looking after Ramirez's two-year-old daughter and Anna's three children.

While the judge suggested that the killer was unlikely to commit a similar offence again, he noted that Ramirez changed her story twice.

At first she told police that she had found Anna sabbed.

Ramirez later changed this account, telling the authorities that she accidentally stabbed Anna while struggling over a knife she had brought from the kitchen.

Back in July Ivelissa Class, the twins' mother, told People how close the girls were in their infancy and as they grew up.
When they were babies they even shared the same bassinet.

The mum explained: "They loved each other.

“They were at each others’ sides when they gave birth. They took the kids out together. They drove each other to work. They were a team.”

Judge Gallagher sentenced Ramirez to six years in prison.

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