Skip to comments.FBI indicts 5 men for murder of Border Patrol agent Terry
Posted on 07/10/2012 5:23:27 PM PDT by neverdem
(NBC News) - Federal prosecutors are filing more charges in the murder of a US Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, whose death is at the center of the controversy over the failed ATF gun tracing operation known as Fast and Furious.
The new charges accuse five men of being involved in the shootout with Terry that resulted in his death. Prosecutors say the men were in the US illegally, trying to rob drug couriers. Four of the men are fugitives, federal officials say, and the FBI will ask for public help in finding them. A federal official says it's assumed they are in Mexico.
Two guns that were allowed to "walk" across the border from the US to Mexico were found at the scene of Agent Terry's shooting, but those weapons have never been conclusively linked to his death.
Here's a portion of the text, just out, of the announcement of charges in the shooting of Agent Brian Terry. It names those indicted:
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An indictment charging five individuals involved in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was unsealed today in Tucson, and a reward of up to $1 million from the FBI for information leading to the arrest of four fugitives, was announced by Department of Justice officials.
According to the indictment, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza are charged with crimes including first degree murder, second degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, assault on a federal officer and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. A sixth defendant, Rito Osorio-Arellanes, is charged only with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.
The 11-count third superseding indictment, which was handed up by a federal grand jury in the District of Arizona on Nov. 7, 2011, alleges that on Dec. 14, 2010, five of the defendants (Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza) engaged in a firefight with Border Patrol agents. During the exchange of gunfire, Agent Terry was shot and killed. The indictment alleges that the defendants had illegally entered the United States from Mexico for the purpose of robbing drug traffickers of their contraband. In addition to the murder of Agent Terry, the indictment also alleges that the five defendants assaulted Border Patrol Agents William Castano, Gabriel Fragoza and Timothy Keller, who were with Agent Terry during the firefight.
"Agent Terry served his country honorably and made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect it from harm, and we will stop at nothing to bring those responsible for his murder to justice," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "This investigation has previously resulted in one defendant being charged with Agent Terry's murder and taken into custody, and today's announcement reflects the department's unrelenting commitment to finding and arresting the other individuals responsible for this horrific tragedy so that Agent Terry's family, friends and fellow law enforcement agents receive the justice they deserve."
Manuel Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody since his arrest the night of the shooting. Rito Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody since Dec. 12, 2010, when he was arrested by Border Patrol agents on immigration charges. The indictment is being unsealed today in order to seek the public's assistance in locating the fugitive defendants.
I don’t see Eric Holder or Obama’s name on the indictment anywhere. Why?
They should be, they ARMED THEM.
I would like to know why not too.
There is an important part missing to that equation in this story.
I’m reading that Agent Terry was armed with ‘bean bags’. Wow...if we’d fought the first Mex/Usa war that way, we’d all be speaking Spanish and sporting graffiti by now....as opposed to the near future.
The FBI is only allowed to charge people with hyphenated last names.
The FBI is only allowed to charge people with hyphenated last names.
I’m running a little slow tonight ... took me awhile to get it. Duh! LOL!
“..FBI indicts 5 men for murder of Border Patrol agent Terry,..”
That makes sense.
Indict a bunch of Mexican nationals, that you’ll never catch nor see again, for murder, while they two people most responsible for them having the guns in the first place - FuBO and jackwagon Holder, are still walking around free as a bird.
Fed LEOs know Holder’s hands are bloody in this; yet, they do nothing. If they had ANY honor and integrity, they’d be frog marching that damned POS out of the DOJ and into a jail cell.
Pathetic, loser cowards and traitors to their country.
Shoot ‘em ‘fore dey run!!! Yeah. That’s the ticket.
Don't tell me, let me guess: Turns out he was actually killed by Tea Partiers? White Hispanics, maybe?
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Romney needs to be working this story day and night through surrogates until he’s asked about it by the MSM. Then he needs to say lawlessness is wrong, but lawlessness in the pursuit of a political agenda by those empowered to protect America is ...
Oops, sorry. Make that 'should' face the Death Penalty. Plus, I don't see Holder, Obama, Janet Nappy, or any ATF agents named as conspirators or accessories to Agent Brian Terry's MURDER.
(Don't worry Brian you have BEAN BAG AMMO in your shotgun That'll hurt em real good. Might even leave a bruise.)
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” That makes sense.
Indict a bunch of Mexican nationals, that youll never catch nor see again, for murder, while they two people most responsible for them having the guns in the first place - FuBO and jackwagon Holder, are still walking around free as a bird.”
This con job was entirely for the MSM to propagandize.
Shoot em fore dey
run!!! testify Yeah. Thats the ticket.
And very reminiscent of another AZ case in which a fed was killed, and which remains unsolved.
Paul E. Reynolds
1899 - 1929
Special Agent Paul E. Reynolds of the FBI's El Paso Office was on assignment in Phoenix, Arizona at the time of his death. At about 9 p.m. on August 9, 1929, he rented an automobile and departed from his hotel. Three days later, his body was found floating in a canal near Phoenix. An autopsy revealed that death had resulted from a gunshot wound in his heart. A thorough and intensive investigation failed to shed any light on the mystery surrounding his death.
Special Agent Reynolds was born in September 1899 in Illinois. After graduating from the University of Idaho and working as a Prohibition agent for the Bureau of Internal Revenue, he entered on duty with the FBI. He worked for the Bureau in several offices, including in Nashville and Los Angeles.