Tuesday 11 December, 2018

J’can gets ‘stiff’ sentences in US for re-entry and attempted murder

For returning to the United States after being twice deported from that country, a Jamaican man has been sentenced to eight years and three months in prison.

That sentence will run consecutively with the 40-year sentence that 55-year-old Ronald Greenland had earlier received on state charges for the attempted murder of a police officer in New York.

According to reports, Greenland first entered the United States lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida and New York.

On February 23, 2007, an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica, but he later re-entered the US

On April 21, 2011, Greenland was convicted in US District Court, Southern District of New York (SDNY), and sentenced to 60 months incarceration, and three years of supervised release.

Again, on April 30, 2015, Greenland was deported to Jamaica, but like before, he found his way back to the US.

But he was not in for another deportation, and ended up getting a very lengthy ‘stay’ in the US.

On December 9, 2016, Greenland was charged with illegal re-entry, but this was compounded by convictions in October of last year for attempted murder, attempted assault and attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, as well as criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.

In February of this year, he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on the New York state charges, and on March 28, to 151 months in federal custody, with 100 months to run consecutively with his state conviction.

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