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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Two Individuals Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison For A Carjacking

SAN JUAN, P.R. - Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, announced that United States District Court Judge Francisco A. Besosa sentenced Miguel Angel Martinez-Ramos and Michael Rosa-Rodríguez to 23 years of imprisonment for carjacking and for discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

On April 25, 2018, Miguel Angel Martínez-Ramos and Michael Rosa-Rodríguez were charged with carjacking; using, carrying and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence; possession of a machinegun in relation to a crime of violence; and illegal possession of a machinegun. 

The evidence revealed that on April 14, 2018, the defendants stole the victim’s vehicle and Rosa-Rodriguez shot the victim twice, once on the neck and once on his back. The third shot missed him. The victim, a school teacher, dragged himself on the street and was able to signal someone in an incoming vehicle who agreed to help him and took him to the emergency room where he had to receive emergency surgery.

On October 10, 2018, both defendants pled guilty to Counts One and Two of the indictment.

The criminal prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Daynelle Alvarez and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated January 16, 2019