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Murder convictions upheld for 2 men in border agent's death

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 16:19:42-05

PHOENIX (AP) - An appeals court has upheld murder convictions for two men in the 2010 fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death revealed the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling investigation.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the murder convictions of Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Lionel Sanchez-Meza in Agent Brian Terry's death.  

Authorities who conducted the “Fast and Furious” investigation 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.