SAN DIEGO—A 46-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to 55 years in prison for his participation in the July 2009 robbery and murder of United States Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, Jr.
Jose Luis Ramirez-Dorantes pleaded guilty on January 10, 2013, admitting he was one of five armed individuals who conspired to rob a U.S. Border Patrol agent of his night vision device, which resulted in Agent Rosas being fatally shot during a struggle. Ramirez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnapping and use and carrying of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.
Court filings indicate that in July 2009, Ramirez and four others plotted to rob a Border Patrol agent of his night vision device. On July 23, 2009, the group, bearing firearms, traveled by car and foot to the international border near Campo, California. Ramirez stood watch on the Mexican side of the border while three co-conspirators sneaked into the United States at night and waited for a Border Patrol agent to arrive in the area. After Agent Rosas arrived in the area and exited his vehicle, he was detained at gunpoint. Agent Rosas resisted, and, during the ensuing struggle, Ramirez’s co-conspirators shot Agent Rosas multiple times, killing him. The co-conspirators then stole the agent’s firearm, night vision device, and other equipment and fled back to Mexico.
In June 2010, Mexican officials arrested Ramirez in Naucalpan, Mexico, near Mexico City, at the request of the United States. Ramirez was extradited to the United States in December 2010.
Ramirez is the third defendant to be sentenced for Agent Rosas’ murder. In April 2010, United States District Judge M. James Lorenz sentenced Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez to 40 years of imprisonment. On November 14, 2013, he sentenced Marcos Rodriguez-Perez to 56 years to run consecutive to a two-year sentence Rodriguez is currently serving for violating his supervised release from a prior alien smuggling conviction. One other defendant, Emilio Samyn Gonzales-Arenazas, has pleaded guilty to participating in the murder and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, 2014. The last defendant, Jose Juan Chacon-Morales, remains a fugitive, and there is a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest or location.
After Ramirez’s sentencing, United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy expressed her condolences to Agent Rosas’s family and colleagues at the Border Patrol: “We hope that in some small way, these successful prosecutions can make a difference to members of the Rosas family who have suffered such a tragic, irreparable loss. Ramirez and the others will pay a high price for their unconscionable actions that terrible night.”