SAN DIEGO (CN) - A 28-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 56 years in federal prison for his part in the July 2009 murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Marcos Rodriguez Perez, of Mexico, pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to commit robbery and kidnapping, robbery, and using a gun during a crime of violence.
He admitted he was one of three who lured the late Robert Rosas Jr. into a trap to steal his night-vision goggles. Rosas was shot to death during the struggle.
The sentencing judge ordered Rodriguez's sentence to run consecutively to a 2-year sentence he is serving for violating conditions of supervised release from a previous alien-smuggling conviction.
Rosas was killed near Campo, Calif. The men stole his gun, goggles and other equipment and fled to Mexico. Mexico arrested Rodriguez in Tijuana in April 2011, at the request of the United States, and extradited him.
Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez was sentenced in April 2010 to 40 years in federal prison for the crimes.
Jose Luis Ramirez Dorantes and Emilio Samyn Gonzales Arenazas have pleaded guilty to participating in the murder and will be sentenced in December and January, respectively. A fifth defendant, Jose Juan Chacon-Morales, is a fugitive. There a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest or location.
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