Mexican trafficker gets life in prison for killing agent

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Posted: Jul 01, 2011 3:24 PM

SAN DIEGO, Calif (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Mexican drug trafficker to life in jail for killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent by deliberately swerving a truck at him in a dash back to Mexico to escape arrest.

U.S. District Judge Michael M. Anello sentenced Jesus Navarro Montes, 25, to life for the killing of senior Border Patrol agent Luis Aguilar on January 19, 2008.

A jury convicted Navarro Montes in April of second degree murder for striking Aguilar, 32, with a Hummer H2 truck in Southern California, as Navarro Montes attempted to flee to Mexico.

(Reporting by Marty Graham; Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Jerry Norton)