October 31, 2012

A Mexican man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to first-degree murder in the 2010 death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, a killing linked to a controversial U.S. attempt to track gunrunning to Mexico drug cartels.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes made a deal with prosecutors and entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Tucson in the shooting death of agent Brian Terry in the Arizona borderlands, federal officials said. He could face life in prison, but prosecutors will not seek the death penalty.

Osorio-Arellanes, 36, was one of five Mexican suspects charged in Terry’s murder. His death was linked to a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation that allowed weapons to slip across the border into Mexico.

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