Fox News is reporting today that a Mexican smuggler is due to be sentenced in federal court today for his role in the shooting death of a border patrol agent 4 years ago. Manuel Osorio Arellanes is a Mexican man who was arrested and charged with the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Terry was killed in the line of duty in 2010 during a shootout on the Arizona-Mexican border. The shootout has been linked to the "Fast And Furious Operation" aka "ATF Gunwalking Scandal," a sting operation that went wrong. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes aka Manuel Arianes is expected to be sentenced to life in prison. (Update: Manuel Osorio Arellanes was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Manuel Osorio-Arellanes-Brian Terry case details
According to court documents, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was among a group of Mexican smugglers who shot and killed Border Agent Brian Terry. The smugglers killed the agent with guns provided to them by ATF agents who were trying to trace the guns back to Mexican cartel groups for an ongoing undercover investigation referred to as 'Operation Fast And Furious.'
Murder scene: A desert in Rio Rico
The shootout took place in the desert on the Mexican border in Arizona in the city of Rio Rico. According to the testimony of one of the other 4 agents who witnessed the ambush, the Mexican smugglers returned to retrieve the bags they had abandoned two days before, when they were confronted by Brian Terry.
Upon their return, the smugglers immediately set off the censors. Brian Terry and his group told the men that they were police but immediately after shots rang out. Brian Terry was killed during the exchange, according to Time.
Today's update in the case of Manuel Osorio-Arellanes
Manuel Osorio-Arellanes is set for sentencing today in federal court. Prosecutors are asking for a life sentence of 30 years. Arellanes has already pleaded guilty to felony murder.
Update: Manuel Osorio-Arellanes has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Brian Terry's family has established a foundation in his name.