Tuesday, November 19, 2013



Mexican Gunman To Spend 58 Years Behind Bars For 2009 Killing Of Border Patrol Agent
By fox5sandiego.com
Published November 18, 2013Fox News Latino


SAN DIEGO – One of three gunmen who lured a U.S. Border Patrol agent into a trap in 2009 to steal his night-vision goggles, then fatally shot him, was sentenced last week to 58 years in federal prison.

Marcos Rodriguez-Perez, 29, was arrested by Mexican authorities on April 11, 2011, in Tijuana and extradited to San Diego six months later to face prosecution for the July 23, 2009, killing of Border Patrol agent Robert Rosas Jr., the father of two young children.

Rodriguez-Perez pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnapping, robbery, and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz sentenced the defendant to 56 years for Rosas' killing and an additional two years for violating his supervised release on an earlier immigrant smuggling case.

Rosas' widow, Rosalie, spoke directly to the defendant, flanked by her son, who was 2 years old when his father was killed.

"I wish I could tell you that I hate you, but I don't," she said. "I hate what you did. I have no choice but to forgive you."

The widow told the judge that justice would mean life behind bars for Rodriguez-Perez.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Ko said the defendant would likely never get out of prison.

Lorenz, who had the power to throw out the plea bargain, decided to uphold it in order to bring some closure to the case.

"I think this case needs some finality," the judge said.

Lorenz said the case was the worst one he's had in many years, calling it "horrendous" and saying the Rosas was the victim of an "assassination."

Rosas' oldest sister, Sylvia Rubio, held up a photo of her brother and his family, showing the defendant "what he has destroyed."

She added: "There's a huge void that has been left in my heart."

Border Patrol Division Chief Mark Moody, who at the time was in charge of Rosas' unit in Campo, said he was devastated by Rosas' death.

"That was my station. That was my agent. I felt I let them down," Moody said.

Rodriguez-Perez admitted that he and four others — Jose Juan Chacon- Morales, Jose Luis Ramirez-Dorantes, Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez and Emilio Samyn Gonzalez-Arenazas — traveled by car and by foot to a remote area on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border near Campo.

According to court documents, all five were carrying firearms and, once at the border, entered into an agreement to rob a U.S. Border Patrol agent of his night-vision device.

As Rosas arrived in the area, Rodriguez-Perez entered the United States with Castro-Alvarez and Gonzalez-Arenazas through a hole in the border fence, while the other two defendants stayed in Mexico and stood watch.

After Rosas got out of his vehicle, he was detained at gunpoint by Rodriguez-Perez, Castro-Alvarez and Gonzalez-Arenazas.

Rosas resisted, and during the ensuing struggle, the three armed men fired multiple shots at the border agent. The trio then stole Rosas' bag, firearm, handcuffs and night-vision device and fled back to Mexico, authorities said.

Castro-Alvarez, Gonzalez-Arenazas and Ramirez-Dorantes have all pleaded guilty, while Chacon-Morales remains a fugitive. Castro-Alvarez was given a 40-year term, and Gonzalez-Arenazas and Ramirez-Dorantes are awaiting sentencing.

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18 Nov 2013


A Mexican national who entered the U.S. illegally to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent has been given a hefty sentence after prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Marcos Rodriguez-Perez was previously given "supervised release" by U.S. authorities for illegally smuggling human beings into the US. While on supervised release, the illegal alien participated in the 2009 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, Jr., along with three other Mexican nationals who had also entered the U.S. illegally or otherwise played a role in the killing. The four admittedly took advantage of the unsecured U.S./Mexico border and lured, trapped, and murdered the young Border Patrol agent for the purpose of stealing his night-vision goggles.

Rodriguez-Perez will serve 56 years in a U.S. prison cell for his participation in the crime. He pleaded guilty to "conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnapping, robbery of personal property of the United States, and use and carrying of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In a Breitbart news exclusive, National Border Patrol Council Vice President Shawn Moran stated: "The fact that this killer was on supervised release for alien smuggling compounds this tragedy. We need to take alien smuggling and immigration crimes seriously. This case belies the commonly held notion that illegal aliens are good people just coming to the US to look for work."

Moran also honored Border Patrol Agent Rosas and stated: "Robert Rosas is what every Border Patrol agent should aspire to be. A hard worker, a loving husband, and devoted father." He added: "He served the nation he loved and fought with tenacity until his final moment. He serves now as a Border Patrol legend and will never be forgotten by his brothers and sisters in green."

The death of Border Patrol Agent Rosas and the circumstances surrounding the ordeal have highlighted a number of recent issues facing the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Many of them are alone in desolate areas where their radios do not work; they face constant threats from left-of-center efforts to prevent them from defending themselves; and U.S. authorities routinely decline to prosecute illegal aliens who attack Border Patrol agents, according to the National Border Patrol Council.


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