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Man convicted for first-degree murder in death of Border Patrol agent

TUCSON – One of the seven men indicted for the 2010 murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was convicted for first-degree murder Monday.

According to officials, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and four other members of a crew that planned on robbing marijuana smugglers encountered Terry and other agents who were on a stakeout in the southern Arizona desert. The 30-year-old Border Patrol agent was fatally shot in the encounter.

Osorio-Arellanes was arrested in Mexico in 2017 in connection to the case.

Osorio-Arellanes was found guilty for first-degree murder in connection to the 2010 shooting.

Six other men were indicted in connection to the case.

Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez is serving a 27-year sentence for first-degree murder. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, who pleaded guilty in 2014, is serving a 30-year sentence. Ivan Soto-Barraza, who was convicted by jury in 2015. is serving a life sentence.

Rito Osorio-Arellanes pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is currently serving an eight-year sentence. Authorities say he was present when the shooting occurred.

Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza was convicted by jury in 2015 and is serving a life sentence. Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga is charged in connection to the murder and is awaiting extradition to the U.S., from Mexico.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead web content producer at News 4 Tucson. The University of Arizona graduate previously served as a community reporter at a news publication in Newton, Iowa.
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