Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean are free, sort of. They have not received a full pardon as well as an apology for being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned — but, with less then 24 hours left in his term as President, George W. Bush did finally at least commute their sentences. Which means that on March 20th, Ramos and Compean will finally be released from prison.
From KDBC News:
On President George W. Bush’s last day of office he decided to release the two former El Paso Border Patrol agents sent to prison.
Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison respectively for shooting an admitted drug smuggler while he was fleeing an abandoned marijuana load near the border in 2005, and then trying to cover it up.
On Monday President Bush granted commutations of their sentences. They will be released on March 20th, almost a decade ahead of schedule. This is not a presidential pardon.
President Bush said he believed they were still guilty, but the punishment was too severe and their families had suffered enough.
“I would like to thank him (President Bush) he has given us the chance to be a family and I would want to thank him for that,” said Patty Compean, Jose Compean’s wife.
Both Ramos and Compean maintain their innocence and are appealing the decision in hopes they will clear their names. The case is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court within the next few months.
The wrongfully imprisoned border agents have spent the majority of their time locked up in solitary confinement, not because of anything that they have done, but to keep them safe from the scumbags and real criminals that the two honorable and brave border patrol agents were forced to be imprisoned with.
Meanwhile, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, the scumbag piece of garbage drug smuggler who was justifiable shot by the two Border Patrol agents, but instead received immunity for his crimes by testifying against the agents, was sentenced to 9 ½ years in jail last August for smuggling another load of drugs across the border and into the country.