Smuggler get 55 years in agent’s killingPosted on December 21, 2013
Reported in the Union Tribune by Dana Littlefield. SAN DIEGO — He may not have been the one to fire the nine shots that killed Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr., but Jose Ramirez Dorantes was just as culpable in the plot to ambush and rob the federal officer of his night vision goggles in the Campo desert, a federal judge said.
With AK-47 in hand, Ramirez acted as a lookout on the Mexican side of the border while the violence unfolded nearby.
U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz said Thursday he had “no doubt” that if Ramirez had been given the order to fire, he would have.
With that, the judge sentenced Ramirez to 55 years in prison, accepting a plea deal that the judge hoped would give the 30-year-old agent’s family some closure. The prison term is virtually a life sentence, given Ramirez’s age. He’s 45.
Ramirez, a career human smuggler, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob an officer and aiding and abetting a violent crime while carrying a firearm.
He is the third out of five defendants to be sentenced in connection with the July 23, 2009, fatal shooting.
Rosas’ widow, Rosalie Rosas of El Centro, spoke in a courtroom packed with family members and Border Patrol agents dressed in olive-colored uniforms, asking the judge for a sentence that honors the legacy of her husband and all agents.
She scolded Ramirez for acting “so cowardly” and leaving her two young children without a father.
“We do forgive you,” she concluded.
The agent’s sister, Arlene, called the crime “malicious, evil, a prime example of cowardice.”
“The hole in my heart will remain the rest of my life,” she said, holding up a framed photo collage of Rosas and the family he left behind.
Ramirez apologized briefly to the family and the U.S. government.
“I am aware I am guilty. I accept whatever sentence you give me,” he said in Spanish.
The plan for the ambush was formulated after two of the defendants were robbed one day while they slept. Taken were a pair of night vision goggles, the prized possession of the gang’s leader, Jose Chacon Morales.
Chacon gathered his crew and also recruited Ramirez to track down the stolen goggles, said defense attorney Ricardo Gonzalez. A few homicides might have resulted from that hunt, he said.
When they didn’t find the goggles, they turned to their backup plan of robbing a Border Patrol agent.
photo Marcos Manuel Rodriguez Perez was identified by Tijuana police as the killer of Robert Rosas, a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was gunned down on July 23, 2009. Rodriguez was arrested while driving in Tijuana. — Sergio Ortiz of Frontera
Three men — Marcos Rodriguez Perez, Daniel Castro Alvarez and Emilio Gonzales Arezanas — crawled under the U.S. border fence and lured the agent to them, leaving tracks in the dirt and shaking bushes. Ramirez and Chacon remained on the Mexico side as lookouts, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Ko.
Rosas’ last radio call around 9 p.m. reported he was tracking a group. Then the sound of gunshots rang out.
Rosas got ahold of Castro, a teenager who then yelled at one of his accomplices to shoot.
Rodriguez fired the fatal volley of shots into the agent’s head and back. The trio then grabbed his handcuffs, gun and night-vision equipment before fleeing back into Mexico.
The group scattered, with Ramirez and Chacon escaping to Sinaloa. There is disputed information that the two had come up with a plan to execute two of the other men to eliminate witnesses, according to court documents.
Ramirez’s lawyer argued that his client played a lesser role in the killing and was only told of the plan to rob an agent at the last moment. But the prosecutor called that version of events unreliable given the many conflicting stories each of the defendants has told about the crime.
A month after the shooting, Castro, 17 at the time, turned himself in and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Rodriguez was sentenced to 58 years last month, and Gonzales will be sentenced in January. Chacon remains at large.
A 5-mile stretch of Interstate 8 near Kitchen Creek Road has been dedicated in Rosas’ memory.
Heroes Behind the BadgePosted on May 31, 2013
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Heroes Behind the Badge is a moving documentary about the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers serving across America. Attend a film screening near you; DVD and Blu-ray versions are available for purchase.
Exciting news: The Heroes Behind the Badge team is currently filming a follow up film to be released this fall. For a peek behind the scenes of filming for the next documentary, check out some Heroes Behind the Badge Facebook albums from Police Week 2013.
Preliminary Fatality Statistics for 2013Posted on May 31, 2013
Preliminary 2013 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities
May 31, 2013 vs. May 31, 2012
2012 % Change
Total Fatalities 46 38 +21%
Firearms-related 16 16 0%
Traffic-related 16 14 +14%
Other Causes 14 8 +75%
Please note: These numbers reflect total officer fatalities comparing May 31, 2013 to May 31, 2012.
2013 Fatalities by State
New York 2
South Carolina 1
West Virginia 1
Federal Agencies: 5
U.S. Territories: 2
Note: All data are preliminary and are subject to change.
California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Schedule of Events 2013Posted on March 27, 2013
SURVIVORS’ RECEPTION 2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
HYATT REGENCY – Capitol View 15th Floor
This time is provided for honored families, past-year survivors, and co-workers to interact with each other as well as members from Concerns of Police Survivors. A great opportunity to extend encouragement and support to one another.
CEREMONY REHEARSAL FOR PARTICIPATING OFFICERS 2:00 – 5:00 P.M.
MEMORIAL MONUMENT – 10th Street & Capitol Mall
Mandatory participation required for all officers representing honored officers/agencies.
BUFFET DINNER 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
HYATT REGENCY – Ballroom
Honored families, past survivors, and participating officers are invited to a buffet dinner sponsored by the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation.
CANDLIGHT VIGIL 8:30 – 9:30 P.M.
MEMORIAL MONUMENT – 10th Street & Capitol Mall
With welcoming comments from the CPOMF President, remarks from departmental and past survivor representatives, a Roll Call of Heroes, as well as music and prayer.
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BUFFET BREAKFAST 7:30 – 8:30 A.M.
HYATT REGENCY – Ballroom
A buffet breakfast is provided for honored families, past survivors, and participating officers. Sponsored by the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation.
LAW ENFORCEMENT CARAVAN 7:30 A.M.
CHP ACADEMY – West Sacramento
Staging for the Memorial Caravan begins at 0730 hours at the CHP Academy, 3500 Reed Avenue West Sacramento, departing the Academy at 0900 hours sharp. The procession travels through West Sacramento, concluding on 10th Street, at the Memorial Monument.
HONORED FAMILIES PRIVATE CEREMONY 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.
STATE CAPITOL – Senate Hearing Room 4203
Private ceremony with state representatives for honored families, their agency escort officers, and department heads.
ENROLLMENT CEREMONY 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MEMORIAL MONUMENT– 10th Street & Capitol Mall
Formal ceremony begins with the ‘Walk of Honor’ from the State Capitol to the Memorial Monument. Presentations by state representatives, CPOMF’s president, and a departmental keynote speaker. Ceremony concludes with a 21-gun salute, taps, and retiring of the colors.
LUNCHEON 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Immediately following the outdoor ceremony, lunch is provided for honored families, all attending officers, and past survivors directly across from the memorial monument on the Capitol lawn.
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Annual San Diego County Motor Officers Association Memorial BreakfastPosted on March 27, 2013
San Diego County Motor Officers Association Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast
Wednesday May1, 2013 7:30 am
MCAS Miramar Officers Club
All Law Enforcement Officers Invited (Federal, Military, State, County, City)
Breakfast Buffet Includes:
Assorted Fruit Juices, Sliced Fresh Fruit
Assorted Muffins, Croissants and Danish, Butter and Preserves
Scrambled Eggs, Crisp Bacon, Sausage Links
Sautéed Red Potatoes
Coffee, Tea, Decaffeinated Coffee and Milk
Cost $10.00 per person - if paid in advance ($20.00 at the door)
SDCMOA Members $5.00 if paid in advance
Tables of 10 and individual seating will only be reserved if paid in advance
YOU MUST R.S.V.P. BY APRIL 26, 2013
Makes checks payable to SDCMOA
PO Box 232273
San Diego, CA 92123-2273
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