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Final defendant extradited from Mexico to face charges in Border Patrol agent's death

Posted at 4:26 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 18:28:55-05

A final defendant is in the U.S. awaiting trial in the 2010 killing of a Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona.

The Departmnet of Justice says Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga was arraigned in federal court in Tucson Monday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Agent Brian Terry. Mexican authorities extradited Favela-Astorga to the U.S. last week.

Terry was killed in a shootout with an armed crew in a rural area of southern Arizona. Prosecutors say the men were attempting to rob drug smugglers in the area.

Two guns found at the crime scene in 2010 were traced back to the botched federal program known as "Fast and Furious," where U.S. agents sold guns to criminals with the hope of tracking them.

Six men were already charged and sentenced in Terry's killing. Their sentences range from 8 years to life in prison.

Favela-Astorga was arrested in Mexico in October 2017, according to the DOJ.