Thursday, January 9, 2020

Defendant Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  U.S. Attorney's Office Press Release 
Terry with his father


Defendant Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Special Attorneys David Leshner and Todd Robinson

TUCSON, Arizona – Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced in federal court today to life in prison for his role in the murder of 40-year-old U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010.

On February 12, 2019, a federal jury found that Osorio-Arellanes, 41, was part of an armed crew of bandits that murdered Agent Terry while they were attempting to rob drug smugglers transporting drugs from Mexico into the United States. Osorio-Arellanes was convicted of nine counts, including first degree murder, second degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery, assault on four Border Patrol Agents and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.  Osorio-Arellanes is the sixth of seven defendants in this case to be convicted and sentenced to date.


“Brian Terry exemplified the very best of law enforcement: A selfless, determined agent who was committed to protecting the people of the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer of the Southern District of California. “The United States has vigorously pursued justice for Agent Terry’s family and for the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. A life sentence for Agent Terry’s murder cannot eliminate his family’s suffering.  But it is our hope that this sentence brings some degree of comfort to Agent Terry’s family in knowing that the individuals responsible for his murder will be held accountable.”

“Today’s sentencing reflects the FBI’s unwavering commitment to ensure that all those responsible for the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry are brought to justice,” said Sean Kaul, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office.

“Today brings us one step closer to justice for Agent Brian Terry’s murder,” said Tucson Sector Chief Roy Villareal. “The sentencing brings a painful time closer to an end and serves as a reminder of the grave dangers our agents face in their selfless commitment to the safety of their communities and country.”

According to the evidence presented at trial, on December 14, 2010, Agent Terry’s elite Border Patrol BORTAC unit was in a rural area north of Nogales, Arizona, to interdict an armed “rip crew” that was robbing drug traffickers.  The BORTAC team observed a group of five bandits armed with assault rifles walking through a wash.  The BORTAC agents announced their presence, and the bandits fired on the agents.  The agents returned fire.  A bullet fired by one of the bandits struck Agent Terry in the lower back.  His fellow agents provided first aid, but Agent Terry was fatally injured.

Osorio-Arellanes
Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, also known as Jesus Lionel Sanchez Meza and Lionel Portillo-Meza, is one of seven defendants charged in the District of Arizona with murder and other crimes arising from the murder of Agent Terry.  Osorio-Arellanes was taken into custody in 2017 by Mexican authorities in Chihuahua, Mexico based on a provisional arrest warrant issued at the request of the United States. He was transported to Mexico City for extradition proceedings and arrived in the United States on August 1, 2018.

Defendants Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Lionel Sanchez-Meza were arrested in Mexico and subsequently extradited to the United States in 2014. They were convicted by a jury of first degree murder and other offenses in December 2015 following a jury trial and were sentenced to life in prison.

Defendants Manuel Osorio-Arellanes and Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez pleaded guilty to first degree murder. Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 360 months in prison, and Burboa-Alvarez was sentenced to 324 months in prison.

Defendant Rito Osorio-Arellanes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and was sentenced to 96 months in prison.


Defendant Jesus Favela-Astorga was arrested by Mexican authorities in November 2017 pursuant to a provisional arrest request filed by the United States Government. He is pending extradition to the United States and will be tried for Agent Terry’s murder following his extradition.

The case is being prosecuted by attorneys from the Southern District of California, Special Attorneys Todd W. Robinson and David D. Leshner. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona is recused. The case was investigated by the FBI. The apprehension was a coordinated effort by the Mexican Navy (SEMAR), Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General (PGR), FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Border Patrol with significant assistance provided by the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs.

“The conviction and life sentence for Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes is the result of the dedicated efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including Special Agent Michelle Terwilliger, who has handled this case since December 2010,” U.S. Attorney Brewer said. He also praised prosecutors Leshner and Robinson for their dedication to achieving justice in this case.

28 comments:

  1. El Coss, Golfo boss, pleads guilty in federal court on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.

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  2. Good! Rot in prison.

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  3. Bunch of lowlifes who thought easy earnings would not be deterred by retribution.

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  4. Fast and Furious.

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    1. No mention of that! Justice is all about politics in the US

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    2. There you go, might as well say Chapo snitched, just saying.

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  5. One less criminal on the streets not talking about the killer...border patrol ain't no better than anyone of these guys only difference is BP has the license to kill innocents n get away with it..rot in hell Mr pig

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  6. Got shot with the same guns they flooded Mexico with, how ironic.. War on drugs is a JOKE

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  7. Yes, Agent Terry was killed with one of the thousands of weapons that the Obama Department of Justice deliberately let be smuggled into Mexico. How many Mexicans did Attorney General Holder’s weapons kill, I wonder?

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    1. 9:19 ATF was not having acting directors since the bush administration when they started trafficking weapons to mexico as Operationn Wide Receiver, to benefit US weapons dealers with some of those billions of dollars the Mexican narcos were earning, I doubt W or Obama knew anything about this small stupid drug deal...

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  8. Buen echo hermano. Now that heathen can rot in hell, his death is minimal compared to what the white man has done to our people.



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  9. Is this the 1 Mamito Z7 was a suspect in

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  10. thank you obama for murdering a u.s agent, you too eric holder

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    1. Well Edgar Alvarado you are so mighty welcome, please come but more guns.

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  11. USA still getting thier dope.....fuck usa

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  12. Should have been given death penalty. Oh well life in American prison is worse than death for some

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  13. Excelent investigation into capturing these criminals, most importantly the faces of the convicted criminals were not covered and thier full names shown, vs in Mexico, they cover thier eye's and hide thier last names.

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  14. BBC Story

    Mexico's war on drugs: More than 60,000 people 'disappeared'


    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51015791

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  15. He got charged with interference of commerce with robbery. Because he was robbing drug dealers? Just curious. This guy is pos.

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  16. There will be no justice for Brian Terry and his family until Eric Holder goes to prison for being an accessory to murder.

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    1. 9:22 that will never happen, unless you become a states attorney or sompim' and are ready to air all the dirty laundry...

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  17. Were these guys Mexicans or U.S. citizens?

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  18. Rot in prison shoot them sight no court or waste of taxpayer money like court appt attorney Do USA citizens get same rights in Mexico? No just a bullet so same thing for these punks save time and money for killing or assaulting us cops you can't do here what you do over their stupud

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