Sentencing set for admitted rip-off crew member

Sentencing set for admitted rip-off crew member

CREATED Jul 13, 2012

 Web Producer: Taylor Avey

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A man accused of robbing marijuana smugglers after they sneak into the United States is scheduled to be sentenced on a conspiracy charge on Sept. 10.

Authorities say Rito Osorio-Arellanes was part of a ring that preyed on smugglers.

Five other members of the alleged rip-off crew are also charged with murder in the December 2010 shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Rito Osorio-Arellanes was in custody before the shootout and doesn't face murder charges.

He pleaded guilty in February to a charge of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.

Two guns found at the shooting scene were bought by a member of a separate gun smuggling ring that was being monitored in the federal government's botched gun smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

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