A federal appeals court Monday upheld prison sentences given to a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents who shot a fleeing, unarmed drug smuggler near El Paso and lied to superiors about it.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld most of the convictions against former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, including the use of a firearm to commit a violent crime. The gun charge carries a mandatory 10-year sentence.
The ruling outraged Border Patrol representatives and supporters of tighter border control and renewed efforts on Capitol Hill to exempt law enforcement officials from the mandatory gun statute and convince President Bush to commute the agents' sentences. More... Prisoner Pen Pals - Discount Cigarettes - Discount Magazine Subscriptions for Prisoners