Jose Ramirez-Lopez: Tells Jury at His Deportation Trial Just Because I Was in the U.S. Doesn't Mean I Was in the U.S.
Jose Ramirez-Lopez, 30, has been arrested at least twice for being in the U.S. illegally and sent back to Mexico
He "did not have consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security for permission to re-enter the United States," prosecutors say, but was arrested after being found sitting in front of the Brady's Duty Free Store at the Los Indios Port of Entry.
But he had an explanation, the U.S. Attorney's Office says: "The defense claimed Ramirez-Lopez's mere presence at the Los Indios Port of Entry was insufficient to be found in the United States."
His trial managed to stretch out over two no doubt very not-boring-at-all days, and the jury apparently could not wait to get outta there: They took just 10 minutes of deliberations to convict him.
Approximately 9:46 of that time was probably devoted to electing a foreman.
They found Ramirez-Lopez guilty of illegal re-entry into the United States after having previously been deported; he faces up to ten years in prison.
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