SAN DIEGO (CN) – A 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to killing a Border Patrol officer, federal prosecutors said. Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging him with killing Robert Rosas Jr. while he was on routine patrol. Castro admitted he entered the United States illegally to try to rob a Border Patrol agent.
Castro said he entered the country on the evening of July 23 with “co-conspirators,” and shot Rosas to death while struggling with him for a gun.
“During the course of the robbery, Agent Rosas and the defendant struggled over a firearm and Agent Rosas was shot multiple times by the defendant and one or more of the co-conspirators,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement announcing the plea. “Agent Rosas died as a result of the shots fired by one or more of the co-conspirators.”
Castro will be sentenced on Feb. 19.