Border agent killed by suspected smuggler’s vehicle

Border agent killed by suspected smuggler’s vehicle

Posted: 2008-01-20 14:14:22
PHOENIX (AP) – A Border Patrol agent killed by a suspected smuggler’s vehicle he was trying to stop near the Mexican border was identified Sunday as a 32-year-old father of two.

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Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were sentenced to prison terms of 11 years and 12 years for shooting a drug-smuggling suspect in the buttocks as he fled across the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone in El Paso, Texas, sentenced Jose Alonso Compean to 12 years in prison and Ignacio Ramos to 11 years and one day despite a plea by their attorney for a new trial after three jurors said they were coerced into voting guilty in the case, the Washington Times reported.

As WorldNetDaily reported, a federal jury convicted Compean, 28, and Ramos, 37, in March after a two-week trial on charges of causing serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and a civil rights violation.

Senior Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar was struck on Interstate 8 in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Yuma on Saturday, said Agent Michael Bernacke, a spokesman for the agency’s Yuma sector.

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