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04/06/2018

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Twice removed Jamaican national sentenced to 151 months in federal court, following state conviction for attempted murder of a police officer

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — A twice-removed Jamaican national, with an extensive criminal history in the United States, was recently sentenced to 151 months in federal custody, with 100 months to run consecutively with his 40 year to life sentence on state charges for the attempted murder of a police officer. The sentencing follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

"Sentences like this one are a powerful reminder about the potential consequences that await those who blatantly skirt the nation’s immigration laws," said ERO New York Field Office Director Thomas Decker. "Illegal aliens who knowingly break the law by re-entering the United States must be held accountable for their actions."

Ronald Greenland, 55, initially 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. On February 26, 2009, ICE removed Greenland to Jamaica. Greenland unlawfully reentered the U.S. at an unknown place, on an unknown date, following his deportation.

On April 21, 2011, Greenland was convicted in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (SDNY), and sentenced to 60 months incarceration, and three years of supervised release. On April 30, 2015, ICE removed Greenland to Jamaica, for the second time.  Greenland unlawfully reentered the U.S. at an unknown place, on an unknown date, following his removal.

On Dec. 9, 2016, ERO deportation officers assigned to the Newburgh, New York sub-office obtained a federal arrest warrant in SDNY, charging Greenland with illegal re-entry following removal from the United States.

On Oct. 25, 2017, Greenland was convicted of Attempted Murder, Attempted Assault, Attempted Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, in Westchester County Supreme Court, in White Plains, New York.

On Nov. 21, 2017, Greenland pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, White Plains, New York to federal illegal reentry after removal following an aggravated felony conviction.

On Feb. 27, 2018, Greenland was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on the New York state charges, in Westchester County Supreme Court. On March 28, 2018, Greenland was sentenced to 151 months in federal custody, with 100 months to run consecutively with his state conviction.

 ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/16/2018