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Latino Daily News

Monday July 9, 2012

Indictment for 5 Individuals Involved in Border Agent Killing, May Be Hiding out in Mexico

Indictment for 5 Individuals Involved in Border Agent Killing, May Be Hiding out in Mexico

Photo: Indictment Unsealed in Killing Agent Brian Terry

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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 FBI reward of up to $1 million leading to the arrest of four fugitives, thought to be hiding out in Mexico.

According to the indictment, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza are charged with 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. 

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 14, 2010, the defendants engaged in a gun fight 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. 

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody since his arrest the night of the shooting. 

The indictment is being unsealed today in order to seek the public’s assistance in locating the fugitive defendants.