A man who purchased two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a federal agent near the U.S.-Mexico border is sentenced to nearly five years in prison. News 92 FM’s Mike Barajas reports:
Jaime Avila Jr. will spend 57 months in federal prison for his acknowledged role in a gun smuggling ring targeted in a botched federal investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Avila’s defense attorney pleaded for leniency, saying her client was deeply remorseful and had substance abuse problems. But federal prosecutors pressed for a stiff penalty, saying Avila not only bought guns for drug cartels but also recruited others to do it.
Operation Fast and Furious has drawn heavy criticism after U.S. federal agents lost track of hundreds of weapons, including the two used in a shootout that killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.
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