NEW YORK — James Ramseur was sentenced Friday to six months in jail for refusing to answer questions at the attempted murder trial of Bernhard H. Goetz, who shot Ramseur and three companions on a subway train two years ago.
Acting state Supreme Court Justice Stephen Crane ruled that Ramseur had been guilty of six instances of contempt, one on May 5 and five on Wednesday.
He directed that the six-month sentence be added to the eight- to 25-year prison term Ramseur is serving for pistol-whipping, raping and robbing a pregnant teen-ager on a Bronx rooftop in 1985.
"Your conduct has played right into the hands of Mr. Goetz's lawyer," the judge told Ramseur. "He goaded you into exploding and you were very accommodating. He perhaps owes you a vote of thanks."