Physical altercation in North Troy ends in firearm seizure, prison for undocumented immigrant

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NORTH TROY — Ciro Temich-Ramirez, a 35-year-old Mexican national, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. Temich-Ramirez, unlawfully in the United States, had previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont reported the sentencing today. Court records indicate that on September 30, 2023, a federal agent encountered Temich-Ramirez less than a mile south of the U.S.-Canada border in North Troy.

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The meeting escalated into a physical altercation, leading to Temich-Ramirez’s restraint by additional federal agents. A shotgun, along with ammunition, methamphetamine, brass knuckles, and a knife, was discovered in his vehicle.

As an individual illegally residing in the U.S., Temich-Ramirez is barred from owning firearms. The United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest acknowledged the swift action and investigative work of the United States Border Patrol in this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Stendig led the prosecution, while Assistant Federal Public Defender Sara Puls represented Temich-Ramirez.

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