LEXINGTON, KY - An illegal alien from Mexico, who previously admitted he threatened to shoot the owner of a Shelbyville, Ky., restaurant, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for a firearm offense.
Joel Sanchez-Ramos, 27, was sentenced Tuesday for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.
Sanchez-Ramos admitted that in April of last year he pointed a gun at another man in the restaurant. When the restaurant owner told Sanchez-Ramos to put the gun down, the defendant threatened to shoot the owner and a fight ensued. According to the plea agreement, the gun discharged during the altercation but the owner was able to push or knock the gun away from Sanchez-Ramos.
Sanchez-Ramos fled the restaurant on foot and was chased by police officers, before they found him hiding in some thick vegetation.
Sanchez-Ramos has been deported back to Mexico two previous times and there was no record of him legally entering the U.S.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, John Korkin, ICE Detention Removal Supervisor, Paul J. Vido, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by ICE, ATF and the Shelbyville Police Department. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Marye.
Sanchez-Ramos will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.