The Washington Times reports that Jaime Avila Jr., who pleaded guilty to buying $60,000 worth of guns and smuggling them to Mexico was sentenced to 57 months in prisons. Two of his guns were discovered at the scene of border agent Brian Terry’s murder.
Avila’s attorney, Candice Shoemaker, said her client’s “significant substance abuse problem” led to his involvement in the smuggling operation and added that Avila was “shocked and dismayed and hurt in a way that he had no idea his behavior … would lead to such great lengths.” She said he was recruited to participate in the smuggling scheme and added that he was “not a gentleman who grew up in gangs.”
Terry’s cousin, Robert Heyer, who runs the Brian Terry Foundation, had asked the judge to impose the maximum 10-year sentence.
Five years for the murder of a border agent is a pretty good deal. Ten years would have been a good deal, too. It must be the spirit of the season that made the judge give the little creep a present like this.