Trials and Arbitration

Bank robber gets life sentence for using hostage as shield

A California bank robber who used a hostage as a human shield in a deadly shootout with police following the heist and a wild car chase was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison during an emotional hearing.

Jaime Ramos, 22, pleaded guilty last year in a deal with prosecutors to avoid a possible death sentence at trial. The 2014 robbery and chase through Stockton, 80 miles inland from San Francisco, ended in the deaths of two other suspects and Misty Holt-Singh, a 41-year-old wife, mother of two and bank customer who was taken hostage.

Ramos didn't speak in court, but Holt-Singh's mother, Karen Farmer, stood to say a few words, according to Sacramento news station...