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Tag: Ignacio Ramos

Border Patrol Agents Imprisoned for Killing Unarmed Drug Smuggler Make Controversial Endorsements


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Most politicians don’t boast about endorsements from felons.

That’s not the case for Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who featured in a commercial the endorsements of two former Border Patrol agents who were sent to prison for killing an unarmed drug smuggler, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Conservatives have largely opposed the prosecution of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were accused of also trying to cover up the shooting and hide evidence.

Hall’s opponent John Ratcliffe is loosely tied to the case because a law partner, Johnny Sutton, was the U.S. attorney who helped convict Ramos and Campean.

“We were U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to protect the Texas/Mexico border, but Johnny Sutton of the U.S. Attorney’s office saw it differently,” Ramos said in a video released Tuesday afternoon by the Hall campaign.

“We were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison for doing our jobs,” Compean says. “Congressman Ralph Hall stood up for us in our time of need.”

Border Patrol Agents Who Shot Drug Dealer Released From Prison

For President Bush — who gave far few commutations or pardons than people expected — this was one of the higher profile cases.

By CNN
Two former U.S. Border Patrol agents — whose cases became flashpoints in the controversy over border security — were released early from prison Tuesday, one of their attorneys and a congressman said.
The agents were convicted in 2006 of shooting and wounding an unarmed illegal immigrant and then covering it up.
President George W. Bush issued commutations for both men during his final days in office last month. Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean had received 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively.
After the commutation, their prison sentences were set to end March 20.

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