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Jamaican national sentenced to 40-to-Life for attempted killing of police officer and for illegal re-entry

April 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Jamaican national sentenced to 40-to-Life for attempted killing of police officer and  for illegal re-entry

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A federal judge has sentenced Ronald Greenland, a Jamaican with a long history of convictions and deportations to over 12 years behind bars after he was convicted of aggravated illegal re-entry. The sentence was put forth after the man was found guilty in New York court for the attempted murder of a police officer.

A federal judge in New York sentenced the 55-year-old Ronald Greenland to 151 months in a federal lockup. Of that, 100 months is ordered to be completed consecutively with his recent sentence from a New York state court.

According to LoHud.com, the state court sentenced Greenland to 40 years to life attempting to murder a police officer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed.

Greenland attempted to stab Westchester County Officer David Sanchez to death in November 2016. Officer Sanchez was dispatched to a car dealership after receiving reports that the man was trying to steal tire rims.

Greenland escaped the scene when Sanchez arrived. When the officer apprehended Greenland, a struggle followed and Greenland stabbed the cop in his chest. The officer’s ballistic vest protected him from severe injury or death.

Greenland initially came into the United States legally in 1972. However, after a series of run-ins with the law in Connecticut, Florida, and New York, a federal immigration judge ordered his deportation in 2007. He was deported to Jamaica in 2009.

The Jamaican man came back to the U.S. illegally sometime after that. He was convicted by a federal court in the Southern District of New York for illegal re-entry after removal and the judge sentenced Greenland to five years behind bars. He was deported once again in 2015.

He came to the U.S. one more time, and in 2016 he tried to murder Officer Sanchez. ICE officers secured a federal arrest warrant a month later on a charge of illegal re-entry following deportation.

The Westchester County Supreme Court found Greenland guilty last October on charges of attempted murder of an officer, criminal possession of a weapon, and possession of stolen property.

If he is ever set free from the New York prison sentence, he will have to face 100 further months in federal prison on the immigration charge.

“Sentences like this one are a reminder about the consequences that await those who skirt the nation’s immigration laws,” ERO New York Field Office Director Thomas Decker, said in a written statement. “Illegals who break the law by re-entering the United States must be held accountable.”

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