Guilty Plea in Border Patrol Agent's Death

It's the first conviction in the December 2010 death of Agent Brian Terry.

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    An image of Agent Terry provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    A man has pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent during a 2010 firefight near the Arizona-Mexico border.

    The first-degree murder plea on Tuesday by Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, of El Fuerte in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, marks the first conviction in the December 2010 death of Agent Brian Terry.

    Terry, 40, was waiting with three other agents in a remote area north of Nogales when a gun battle with the bandits began.

    Osorio-Arellanes faces up to life in prison.

    Two rifles bought by a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored by the government's botched investigation known as "Operation Fast and Furious" were found at the shooting scene.

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    At least four are in custody in the shooting north of Nogales, Ariz.

    Authorities have declined to say whether the murder weapon was linked to a "Fast and Furious" purchase.

    They also declined to reveal which of the five men charged in Terry's death had fired the fatal shot.

    Terry, a native of the Detroit area, served in the Marines and as a police officer in Michigan before joining the Border Patrol in 2007.

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