Suspects charged in border agent’s slaying to face trial

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fast-and-Furious Trial: Suspects charged in border agent’s slaying to face trial.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two men charged with murder in the death of a U.S. A federal judge ruled that the failed Operation Fast and Furious program is not to be mentioned at all during the trial of two men accused of murdering U.S.

Instead, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns involved in the sting operation, including two weapons found at the scene of Terry’s killing. Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Ivan Soto-Barraza will be the first to face trial. ”It’s gonna be an emotional time for us, but we’re just thankful that we have the opportunity to bring these two defendants to justice and we hope that the government is successful in getting convictions for these two individuals,” family spokesman Robert Heyer said. Sanchez-Meza and Soto-Barraza were members of a ”rip-off” crew that planned on robbing marijuana smugglers in the Arizona desert when they encountered agents patrolling the area on Dec. 14, 2010. The operation became a major distraction for the Obama administration as Republicans in Congress conducted a series of inquiries into how the Justice Department allowed such an operation to happen. Ivan Soto Barraza and Jesus Leonel Sanchez Mesa, two suspected members of the rip crew that is charged with the murder of Agent Terry are set to go to trial later this month where they face multiple charges in connection with the murder and could receive the death penalty.

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