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Border Patrolman’s|Trial Begins Today

SAN DIEGO (CN) - Federal trial begins today for a Border Patrol agent accused of strangling an undocumented into unconsciousness.

"According to court documents, [agent Luis E.] Fonseca, acting under color of law, used unreasonable force when he strangled an undocumented alien to unconsciousness on July 26, 2011," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Fonseca, 32, is accused of kneeing and choking an immigrant in Imperial Beach.

He is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242.

He was indicted on April 12, 2012, and a grand jury handed up a superseding indictment on Dec. 13.

The trial is expected to last for 3 to 4 days.

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