Man sentenced to 30 years for role in border agent's death

Published: Feb. 10, 2014 at 8:30 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM MST
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Court sketch of Manuel Osorio-Arellanes in Federal court for his part in the death of Agent...
Court sketch of Manuel Osorio-Arellanes in Federal court for his part in the death of Agent Brian Terry

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Mexican man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for his part in the 2010 killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in what has come to be known as the case that exposed Operation Fast and Furious.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes pleaded guilty to felony first degree murder and faced the possibility of life in prison.

He is one of five suspects in the December 2010 shooting death of Terry in the desert outside Rio Rico.

Assault rifles found at the scene were traced to the Justice Department's Operation Fast and Furious gun tracking sting.

While Osorio-Arellanes did not fire the fatal shot, he was party to the commission of a crime during which Terry was killed.

Prosecutors say Osorio-Arellanes and four other Mexican men had crossed the border into Arizona from Mexico in order to rob marijuana smugglers.

A gunfight erupted as Osorio-Arellanes and the other men approached Terry and three other agents.

Terry died at the scene.

Agents caught Osorio-Arellanes because he was wounded and couldn't get away.

Two other suspects are in custody in Mexico, two are still on the loose.

Terry's family has come to Tucson for the sentencing. His mother is expected to tell the court today about her loss.

The family is expected to speak to the media soon.

Watch KOLD News 13 at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. for more about this story and to hear what the family had to say.

Tucson News Now's Barbara Grijalva attended the sentencing. She can be followed on Twitter at @BGrijalvaKOLD.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.