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30 year sentence Fast Furious case: Man gets 30 years for killing border agent

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A 30 year sentence in the Fast and Furious case was handed down by U.S. District Court judge David C. Bury on Feb. 10. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 30 years behind bars after he shot and killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry back in 2010.

According to the report, Terry was shot during a shootout that occurred during a "botched" gun-smuggling investigation set up by the government called Operation Fast and Furious. Although there were a few men involved in the shootout with Border Patrol, Osorio-Arellanes was the only one arrested (at the time) and charged.

The 30 year sentence in the Fast and Furious case came more than a year after a guilty plea by Osorio-Arellanes. He will now spend the next 27 or so years of his life behind bars in the United States -- the judge did say that he would get credit for time already served.

As far as the failed operation goes, "federal authorities who conducted Fast and Furious have faced criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers for a smuggling ring to walk away from gun shops in Arizona with weapons, rather than arrest them and seize the guns. Agents allowed the purchase of 2,000 guns, but they then lost track of more than 1,400 of them. Some of the guns purchased illegally with the government's knowledge were later found at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States," the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Was the 30 year sentence in the Fast and Furious case appropriate?

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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