The infamous, botched gun-running operation known as “Fast and Furious,” which included the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, took a new turn on Thursday as the gunman accused of being involved in the shootout that resulted in Terry’s death was handed down a life sentence in prison.
The “Fast and Furious” program was a scandal of massive proportions during the administration of former President Barack Obama. It was a failed program where “investigators purposely allowed firearms sales to illegal straw buyers in hopes to trace thousands of those weapons to the black market and Mexican drug cartels.
According to The New York Post, Mexican national Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes was found guilty by a judge for Terry’s murder. The man was accused of taking part in a gun battle between U.S. Border agents and an armed stick-up crew who were searching for drug smugglers to rob.
Osorio-Arellanes was only one of seven total defendants accused in the matter.
He also maintained that he was innocent of the charges against them, telling the court in Spanish that he wasn’t in agreeance with the outcome of the trial and that he believes the process wasn’t handled as according to law.
“With all due respect, I don’t agree with the trial,” Osorio-Arellanes told the judge. “Prosecutors pointed to me as a murderer without any evidence, so the jury would say I was guilty. Everything is being done illegally.”
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The judge in the case claimed that Osorio-Arellanes was guilty whether or not he actually fired the bullet that killed Terry — saying that just being included in the firefight was enough to put him away for life.
Many of the guns that were purchased during the failed “Fast and Furious” operation went missing and presumably into the hands of bad guys. Two of the rifles from the program were found at the scene of the shootout that ended in Terry’s death.