Officials: Honduran national accused of Troy murder not extradited after Maryland assault

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TROY – The Honduran national accused of stabbing a Troy resident to death was freed earlier this year after Maryland authorities failed to pick him up to answer for a stabbing in that state, according to Rensselaer County officials.  

Carlos Corrales-Ramirez is accused of fatally stabbing Jario Hernandez-Sanchez on Saturday afternoon in the area of River Street and Doux Street.

Corrales-Ramirez was picked up in Champlain, N.Y. by U.S. Border Patrol in March and then turned over New York State Police. He was then being held in Clinton County Jail for 90 days pending extradition.

“Maryland authorities never showed up and he was released,” said Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly at a news conference on Wednesday.

A preliminary hearing for Corrales-Ramirez is scheduled for Friday.  

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin also spoke at the news conference, reiterating his concerns about open border policies. He said he spoke with officials from U.S. Border Patrol and had left a message for the district attorney in Prince George’s County in Maryland to seek answers.

“A man was murdered because of a communication breakdown between agencies, because of open borders and because of bail reform,” he said.  

McLauglin said there has been a lot of “finger-pointing” for the breakdown.

“Had he been extradited and found guilty of the stabbing in Maryland, which put somebody in critical condition, he would have been convicted and he would have been deported,” he said.

McLaughlin said the Troy victim, Hernandez-Sanchez, was a hardworking man who was working at McDonald’s trying to feed his family.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the issue:

“Carlos Corrales-Ramirez was arraigned by New York State Police as a fugitive from justice from the state of Maryland on March 22, 2023 in Clinton County Court. He was held in the custody of the sheriff of Clinton County awaiting a Governor’s Warrant from the state of Maryland,” said Maj. Nicholas Leon, chief deputy of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Patrol Division. “The Honorable Judge Favreau remanded him for a period of 30 days based on New York State Criminal Procedure Law. After that time, Maryland having not secured a Governor’s Warrant, the presiding judge held Corrales-Ramirez for an additional 60 days. Maryland, the demanding state, failed to obtain a Governor’s Warrant and therefore the Corrales-Ramirez was released per the judge’s order on June 22, 2023.”

Leon added that Corrales-Ramirez was arraigned in a local court before the case was transferred to Clinton County Court.