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Suspect in border agent’s death pleads not guilty

TUCSON, Ariz. — A suspect in the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent
Brian Terry, whose death exposed a botched federal gun-smuggling operation, has
pleaded not guilty.

Ivan Soto-Barraza, 34, was arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Tucson
after being extradited from Mexico on Thursday.

He was captured last September and has been indicted on charges of first-degree
murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery,
attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm
during a crime of violence and assault on a federal officer.

Soto-Barraza is among five men accused in the shooting death of Terry in
southern Arizona.

The case exposed the Fast and Furious operation in which federal agents trying
to track guns allowed criminals to buy them, losing track of many.


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