Sunday, May 2, 2010

Teen gets 40 years in Border Patrol agent's death


clipped from www.azcentral.com

SAN DIEGO - A 17-year-old Mexican youth was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was shot repeatedly during a robbery attempt.
Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez sat silently with his head down throughout the sentencing by U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz in San Diego.

Castro pleaded guilty in November to murdering a federal officer near Campo, a mountainous area about 60 miles east of San Diego. He told authorities that he and others were attempting to rob the agent, Robert Rosas.

The courtroom was packed with uniformed Border Patrol agents as the judge read a letter written by the defendant apologizing to the family of the 30-year-old Rosas.

Rosas was shot several times in the head, from behind and while lying on the ground. Castro's attorney had argued that two accomplices now in Mexico fired the fatal shots.

A probation officer had urged a life sentence for Castro. Federal guidelines call for a minimum sentence of 30 years.

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