3rd man sentenced in murder of Border Patrol agent

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SAN DIEGO — A Mexican national who participated in the July 2009 robbery and killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent was sentenced Thursday to 55 years in federal prison.

Robert RosasJose Luis Ramirez-Dorantes, 46, was the third defendant to be sentenced in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr.

Ramirez-Dorantes admitted that he was one of five armed individuals who conspired to rob Rosas of his night vision device, which resulted in the agent being fatally shot during a struggle.

Ramirez-Dorantes pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnapping and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to court filings, Ramirez-Dorantes and four others plotted to rob Rosas of his night vision device.

On July 23, 2009, the group, bearing firearms, traveled by car and by foot to a remote area on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border near Campo.

Ramirez-Dorantes stood watch on the Mexican side of the border while three co-conspirators sneaked into the United States through a hole in the border fence and waited for Rosas to arrive in the area, according to court documents.

After Rosas got out of his vehicle, he was detained at gunpoint. The agent resisted, and was shot multiple times and killed, prosecutors said.

The killers stole the agent’s gun, night vision device and other equipment and fled back into Mexico.

Ramirez-Dorantes was arrested near Mexico City in June 2010 and was extradited to the United States in December 2010.

Co-defendant Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez was sentenced in April 2010 to 40 years in prison.

Marcos Rodriguez-Perez was sentenced last month to 58 years behind bars in connection with Rosas’ murder.

Another defendant, Emilio Samyn Gonzales-Arenazas, has also pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced next month. A fifth defendant, Jose Juan Chacon-Morales, remains a fugitive.

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