Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Mexican National Pleads Guilty in 2002 Beatings of FBI Agents
LAS CRUCES A Mexican national has pleaded guilty to a felony count of illegal re-entry and misdemeanor assault in the 2002 beatings of two FBI agents who were attacked during a stakeout in Sunland Park.
Juan Jose Magallanes-Torres of Anapra, Mexico, entered the pleas today. No sentencing date was immediately scheduled.
Special Agents Samantha Mikeska and Sergio Barrio of the FBI office in El Paso were among a group of law enforcement officers patrolling trains near the U.S-Mexico border in an effort to catch thieves in the act.
The agents were overwhelmed by more than a dozen robbers.
Prosecutors initially dropped charges against Magallanes-Torres, 33, after immigration officers deported him. The case was revived when Magallanes-Torres illegally re-entered the United States last year.
Two other robbers were arrested in the case.
Carlos Enrique Garcia-Castillo and Carlos Ivan Aguirre confessed to beating the agents. Each was sentenced in 2003 to two years in prison, three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $76,000 in restitution.
Charges were dropped against the others after they were deported.
Mikeska sustained injuries to her left eye and neck. Barrio's skull was fractured and he had other injuries. The agents returned to work and both are still employed by the FBI.
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