Killer of Slain BP Agent Sentenced

By Paul Krueger
|  Friday, Jul 1, 2011  |  Updated 9:29 PM PDT
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The family of a murdered Border Patrol agent waited patiently in a downtown federal courtroom on Friday to hear the judge deliver Jesus Navarro-Montes' sentence.

Navarro-Montes will serve life in prison for the death of Border Patrol agent Luis Aguilar.

A Border Patrol Agent who testified at the sentencing hearing said Navarro-Montes sped up and purposely hit Aguilar and fled the scene, calling Navarro-Montes "an evil coward."

The court listened as Aguilar's family read letters to the judge.

"There is a huge void that no one can fill, because a father's love can never be replaced." Erica Aguilar said as she stood at the podium with their two children.

Aguliar's young daughter also read a letter aloud to the court.

"I hate you for what you did," Adriana Aguilar said. "You are such a coward. I can't believe you killed my dad. You will suffer the consequences."

But in his statement to the judge, Navarro-Montes said his human rights are being violated and he will appeal his conviction and sentence.

Navarro-Montes was driving a Hummer and hit and killed Aguilar, who was laying down a spike-strip to stop the Hummer in January 2008 at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

Authorities say the Border Patrol was chasing Navarro's marijuana-filled Hummer and the agent was killed as he lay down a spike strip to stop him.

Navarro fled to Mexico and was extradited in January 2010.

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