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Attorneys seek 5-year sentence for ex-border agent

Attorneys seek 5-year sentence for ex-border agent

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jul 31, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - Prosecutors and a defense attorney are requesting a five-year prison sentence for a former Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling marijuana while on duty along the Arizona-Mexico border.
   
Lawyers on both sides made the recommendation in former Agent Aaron Anaya's case after a judge postponed his sentencing and asked the attorneys to say whether Anaya had been involved in similar crimes in the past.
   
The lawyers tell the judge that while authorities had information of potential illegal conduct that led to surveillance of Anaya, prosecutors don't have enough evidence of prior crimes that could meet the required legal burdens.
   
Anaya faces five years up to life in prison for his guilty plea to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
   
His sentencing is set for Sept. 16.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.

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