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Mexican Citizen Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Border Patrol Agent and Illegal Entry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Nectar Alfonso-Ramirez, age 28, of Mexico, pled guilty today to unlawfully entering the United States and assaulting and resisting a federal agent, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Chief Patrol Agent Robert N. Garcia, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.

Alfonso-Ramirez admitted that, on October 4, 2022, he entered the United States on foot from Canada at a location not authorized for the entrance of immigrants. U.S. Border Patrol Agents encountered Alfonso-Ramirez and ordered him to his knees as part of an arrest procedure. Alfonso-Ramirez admitted that he initially knelt, but then fled into the nearby woods, causing a foot pursuit. As a Border Patrol Agent attempted to place him under arrest, Alfonso-Ramirez continued to try to escape, yelling at the agent, thrashing his body, swinging his arms, and kicking his legs.

Alfonso-Ramirez faces up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 1 year  when he is sentenced on May 11, 2023.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.   

This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica N. Carbone.

Updated January 11, 2023

Violent Crime