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Man sentenced to 30 years in border agent's death that revealed Operation Fast and Furious gun-smuggling

Monday, February 10, 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry

FILE - This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry. Terry was killed in a 2010 firefight near the Arizona-Mexico border between U.S. agents and five men who had sneaked into the country to rob marijuana smugglers. On Monday Nov. 18, 2013 a judge dismissed federal employees from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the slain Border Patrol agent over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation. (AP Photo / U.S. Customs and Border Protection, File)

A Mexican man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in the 2010 killing of a U.S Border Patrol agent that revealed the botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in Brian Terry's shooting death.

The gunfight erupted as Manuel Osorio-Arellanes and four other Mexican men who are accused of sneaking into the country to rob marijuana smugglers approached Terry and three other agents.

Two rifles bought by a gun-smuggling ring being monitored in the Fast and Furious investigation were found at the firefight's aftermath.

Authorities who conducted Fast and Furious have faced criticism for letting suspected gun buyers for a smuggling ring walk away from Arizona shops with weapons, rather than arresting them and seizing the guns.

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