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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.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at
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