CALDWELL -- A Caldwell teenager who admitted stabbing his mother will have to spend at least seven-and-a-half years in prison.

Third District Judge Thomas J. Ryan gave 18-year-old Jeremiah Ramirez 15 years for aggravated battery. However, the judge retained jurisdiction until Ramirez turns 21.

Ramirez was originally charged with attempted murder and a weapons enhancement after his arrest last fall. The attempted murder charged was reduced to aggravated battery and the weapons charge was dropped by prosecutors in exchange for the guilty plea.

Ramirez was just 17 at the time of the stabbing, but was charged as an adult.

Police were called to the Caldwell home of 42-year-old Mildred Ramirez early on the morning of Sept. 25, 2012. Officers found the injured woman on the floor, clutching her left arm and bleeding from her arm, head and chest. She had been stabbed seven times. She was given emergency first aid and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police quickly identified her teenage son Jeremiah as the suspect. The blood-covered teen was arrested at gunpoint. He later admitted to officer that he had stabbed his mother.

Ramirez told police he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and admitted to smoking spice the afternoon before the attack on his mother.

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