Conviction brings closure in death of border agent

Conviction brings closure in death of border agent

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – 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.

CBP 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. 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.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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