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4-Time Offender Sent Back to Prison for Illegally Re-entering the US

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 47-year old Mexican citizen has been ordered to prison for more than seven years following his conviction of illegal re-entry, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Jose Inez Martinez-Ramirez pleaded guilty March 14, 2018.

Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered Martinez-Ramirez to serve 78 months for the conviction and further ordered his supervised release for a previous illegal re-entry conviction be revoked, resulting in a total 90-month-federal prison sentence. He again will be expected to face deportation proceedings following his release.

On Jan. 1, 2017, Martinez-Ramirez was in the Brownsville city jail on charges of sexual assault and assault on a family member impeding breath/circulation. At that time, he was found to be an alien and citizen of Mexico who had entered the United States illegally.

Further evidence revealed that he had been previously removed from the United States in 2005, 2008 and 2011. 

He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U. S. Attorney Oscar Ponce is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 19, 2018