Friday, October 2, 2015

AZMEX F&F EXTRA2 2-10-15



Updated Oct 2, 2015 - 2:05 pm
CBP head: Conviction brings closure in Arizona death of border agent
ASSOCIATED PRESS | October 2, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said the guilty verdicts of two murder suspects can't soothe the pain of the loss of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, but they can help bring closure. (AP Photo)

TUCSON, Ariz. — The head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection says justice was served after two men were convicted in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske issued a statement on Friday, one day after 37-year-old Ivan Soto-Barraza and 26-year-old Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza were convicted of murder in federal court in Tucson. CBP is the parent agency of the Border Patrol.

Kerlikowske said the verdicts can't soothe the pain of the loss of Terry, who was 40 years old when he was fatally shot on Dec. 14, 2010 in southern Arizona. But they can help bring closure.

Terry's death exposed a bungled gun sting in which federal agents allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them. But it lost most of the guns, including two that were found at the murder scene.


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