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Horowitz: Life sentence overturned for cartel members who killed ICE agent

Conservative Review

Illegal aliens can break into our country with impunity and sue ICE officers if they don’t like conditions in the detention facilities. But if an ICE agent is killed by cartel assassins on a mission in Mexico on behalf of the United States government, suddenly borders seem to be important.

On February 15, 2011, members of Los Zetas cartel ambushed two ICE HSI agents traveling in Mexico. They murdered Jaime Zapata, but his partner, Victor Avila, managed to survive by remaining locked in the armored vehicle with diplomatic plates until police arrived on the scene. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the second most important federal court, overturned two murder convictions from 2017 for two of the hit men, Jose Emanuel “Zafado” Garcia Sota and Jesus Ivan “Loco” Quezada Pina. They are still serving up to life in prison for the basic murder charge and for a firearms charge, but this decision, unless overturned by the Supreme Court, will give these two cartel members the possibility of parole down the road.

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