Local Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to Federal Prison
|Dec. 7, 2012|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A Corpus Christi man will be serving 15 years in federal prison without parole, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Ubaldo Ramirez, 31, a Mexican national illegally residing in Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty in September 2012 to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos handed him a total sentence of 180 months. Ramirez had previously been convicted in state court for numerous felonies and was determined to be an armed career criminal by the court. As an illegal alien, Ramirez is expected to face deportation proceedings following his release from prison.
Ramirez had been a wanted fugitive, having had three outstanding warrants for failing to appear in Nueces County district court for felony drug possession and evading arrest charges. Authorities attempted to arrest him earlier this year after learning he was in the Corpus Christi area.
While fleeing from law enforcement officers, he was in possession of a firearm and narcotics.
In federal custody since his arrest, Ramirez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.
The conviction stems from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt.