SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for his role in the ambush killing of a Border Patrol agent over his night-vision goggles.
Emilio Gonzales, 25, is the fourth person to be sentenced for murder of a federal officer in the death of Robert Rosas, who was shot eight times in the head, neck and torso while on solo patrol in a rugged, remote mountainous area near Campo, about 60 miles east of San Diego. He was lured from his car during the July 2009 robbery attempt and shot from behind.
Attackers lured Rosas, 30, from his vehicle after creating the appearance of an illegal crossing. His body was found with his wallet less than 100 yards from the border. His vehicle was nearby with the engine running and headlights on.
The killing triggered a massive search on both sides of the border. Gonzales was arrested in Tijuana in August 2010 and extradited seven months later.
Three others were also arrested in Mexico and extradited. They were sentenced to 40, 55, and 56 years in prison.
A fifth suspect and alleged mastermind, Jose Juan Chacon, is a fugitive. U.S. authorities believe he died in Mexico.
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