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Juan Carlos Ramos-gonzalez Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 9, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, JUAN CARLOS RAMOS-GONZALEZ, a 48-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared for sentencing. RAMOS-GONZALEZ was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 8 months (time served)
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 1 year

RAMOS-GONZALEZ was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to illegal re-entry.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On August 17, 2011, RAMOS-GONZALEZ was arrested and later convicted of driving a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol in Prairie County.

During administrative processing, it was determined through immigration record checks and a fingerprint comparison that RAMOS-GONZALEZ had been encountered by U.S. Immigration Officers seven times prior to this time, resulting in four formal orders of deportation, the last being on April 2, 2011, via the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California. When questioned, RAMOS-GONZALEZ admitted to being a citizen and national of Mexico illegally present in the United States and that he had previously been removed from the United States. He also admitted he had never applied to the Secretary of Homeland Security to reenter the United States.

Further review of immigration records did not reveal any evidence that RAMOS-GONZALEZ had received permission from the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reenter the United States after being removed.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that RAMOS-GONZALEZ will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, RAMOS-GONZALEZ does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Prairie County Sheriff's Office and Homeland Security Investigations.



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