Mexican Man Gets 30 Years in Killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

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TUCSON — A Mexican man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s slaying, which led to the unraveling of the failed federal gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.


U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, shown in an undated photo, was killed in a December 2010 shootout that led to the unraveling of the failed federal gun-tracking operation called Fast and Furious. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol / November 20, 2007)

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, 37, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in October 2012 in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, apologized in court.

“I regret what happened, sir,” Osorio-Arellanes told the judge in Spanish. “I too was hurt. I don’t know what else to say. Please forgive me.”

He was part of a group of bandits who engaged in a shootout with Terry and three other Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona, just south of Tucson, in December 2010. Terry, 40, was a member of the U.S. Border Patrol’s elite tactical unit that had been working the area for several nights, a few miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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