- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas man so obsessed with a teenage neighbor that he had 11 tattoos of her name and shot her father has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Gabriel Ramirez was sentenced Thursday in Dallas after earlier pleading guilty to stalking and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Investigators say his infatuation began when the girl was 13 years old. She’s now 17.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Ramirez never had a relationship with the girl and in June 2013 shot her father three times when the older man tried to intervene. He survived.

Ramirez, who testified Thursday he thought it was romantic to have tattoos of her name, received 10 years on the stalking count. He was sentenced to 20 years for assault. The sentences will run concurrently.

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