Undocumented alien sentenced for assault on federal officers
LAREDO, Texas – A 24-year-old man from Zacatecas, Mexico, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of assaulting three Border Patrol (BP) agents, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Luis Gustavo Ramirez-Saucedo pleaded guilty June 25.
Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana handed Ramirez-Saucedo a 33-month sentence. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following the sentence. At the hearing, the court heard additional testimony from three BP agents who testified as to how they were assaulted. Ramirez-Saucedo testified that he only intended to flee.
Authorities were working their assigned duties in Laredo during the late evening of March 29 when they responded to an alert of a large group crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico. They made contact with various illegal aliens in the 20-person group, one of whom was Ramirez-Saucedo.
Soon after, Ramirez-Saucedo violently resisted the efforts of three BP agents to apprehend him, striking one in the face with his hand. Ramirez-Saucedo later assaulted another agent by throwing a ladder at him which struck him in the arms. He assaulted a third agent by striking him in the face with his forearm, causing his nose to begin bleeding.
Following his apprehension, Ramirez-Saucedo admitted he was a citizen or national of Mexico with no authority to be in or to enter the United States and had just entered the United States illegally.
Ramirez-Saucedo has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI and BP conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco J. Rodriguez prosecuted the case.