An illegal immigrant from Mexico was sentenced to 10 months

BURLINGTON — An illegal immigrant from Mexico, who was carrying a loaded shotgun when he got into a scuffle with U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Orleans County last fall, was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison on Friday Ciro Temich-Ramirez, 35, of North Carolina, received a prison term in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to illegal possession of a firearm by an individual who was unlawfully in the United States. Chief Federal Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford noted it is extremely rare for the U.S. Border Patrol in Vermont to find people with loaded firearms. The incident was less than a mile from the international border on Sept. 30. The judge said the case escalated when Temich-Ramirez opted to get into a physical confrontation with the Border Patrol instead of just surrendering peacefully.