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BP Agents Ramos, Compean Get 12 Years

From the DNC's Los Angeles Times:

Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos, center, left the United States Court House on Thursday with his wife, Monica Ramos, after being sentenced to 11 years in prison. Former Border Patrol agent Jose Alonso Compean got 12 years.

2 Border Patrol agents sentenced in shooting

October 19, 2006

EL PASO, TEXAS – Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were watching the Mexican boundary last year when they stopped a van carrying 743 pounds of marijuana. The driver fled back across the Rio Grande — with a gunshot wound in his buttocks.

Federal prosecutors convinced a jury in March that the agents had shot a defenseless man and then schemed to cover it up.

On Thursday, the agents — Ignacio (Nacho) Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean — were sentenced to 11 years and 12 years, respectively, for offenses that included violating the smuggler's civil rights. Outraged supporters and anguished family members packed the courtroom, and many wept as the sentences were announced.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone agreed to let the men remain free until January, when they must report to prison.

The case has become a cause célèbre among anti-immigration activists and advocates of stronger border security, who argue that it epitomizes the misplaced priorities of federal prosecutors as well as the absurd predicament of Border Patrol agents, who must fight heavily armed criminals while using little or no force. Among the rules broken by the agents, supporters note, was a policy forbidding agents from giving chase.

Outrageous.

[I]t epitomizes the misplaced priorities of federal prosecutors as well as the absurd predicament of Border Patrol agents, who must fight heavily armed criminals while using little or no force.

This is true of course. But I’m slightly amazed that the Los Angeles Times would even print it.

(Thanks to Retire05 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 20th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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