Edgar Ezequiel Ramos-Serrano, 33, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 12 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being found in the United States subsequent to a felony conviction. Ramos-Serrano has been deported on four prior occasions, has been convicted of this same offense twice before and will likely be deported once again following his prison sentence.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Rebecca Adducci, Detroit Field Office Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations, announced the sentence handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.



According to court documents, ICE agents found Ramos-Serrano at the Montgomery County Jail on Feb. 19 following his arrest on local traffic-related charges including driving without a license.

Ramos-Serrano, a citizen of Honduras, had been removed from the United States to Honduras in June 2005, July 2009, July 2010 and November 2013. Following the July 2009 removal, Ramos-Serrano returned illegally, was found in the Western District of Pennsylvania, was convicted there of reentry of a removed alien and was sentenced to “time served” (approximately two months). Ramos-Serrano returned illegally once again, and in November 2013, he was found in the Southern District of Ohio, convicted of the same offense, sentenced to time served (approximately five months) and deported. He returned illegally and was found and arrested in the Southern District of Ohio in February 2019.

Ramos-Serrano pleaded guilty in April 2019 to one count of illegal reentry. Following service of the one-year prison sentence, Ramos-Serrano will likely be deported to Honduras. Returning illegally during the three-year period of supervised release imposed will constitute a violation of the terms and conditions of his release and may lead to additional sanctions beyond another criminal prosecution.

“He was sentenced to time served for each of his two prior convictions, then deported, and each time he returned illegally,” Glassman said. “This time he’s going to prison for more than just time served, a fair and just sentence which promotes respect for the law.”

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation by ICE, as well as First Assistant United States Attorney Vipal Patel, who is representing the United States in this case.